LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 17/12/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 17 December, 2019
ARREST MADE AFTER ELDERLY MAN IS ROBBED
A man in his 20s has been arrested, in connection with a robbery in Diss town centre.
He was taken into custody for questioning, after police started a search for two men involved in stealing money from a man, aged in his 90s. They released a CCTV image of the two, who have both since been identified. Police continue to look for the second man pictured.
The incident happened a week ago when the elderly man withdrew a large quantity of money from a cash machine in Market Place. He realised that the cash had gone missing a short time later.
WORK COMPLETED ON ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT PROJECT
The £4.5 million project to build a roundabout at an accident blackspot on the A140 has been completed.
Work has now finished on the Hempnall roundabout after more than seven months. It’s hoped that the new roundabout will help to improve traffic flow and reduce the number of accidents at the dangerous crossroads.
Norfolk highways cabinet member Martin Wilby says that the focus now turns to the planned new bypass for Long Stratton, aimed at easing congestion in the town and encouraging investment into the area.
ANGLIAN WATER TOLD TO REDUCE BILLS
Water bills look likely to be reduced by up to ten per cent in the Anglian Water area over the next few years.
Ofwat, the water regulator, has told Anglian Water that it should cut bills by 10.5 per cent in the years to 2025 by becoming more efficient. The company had proposed a reduction of about 1.5 per cent.
FUNDS GIVEN TO HELP ROUGH SLEEPERS
New additional funds have been provided towards helping rough sleepers in South Norfolk over the winter.
The money’s been given to the Solo Housing group by the Government’s Cold Weather grant programme. The group will be working with other rough-sleeper projects, being run by local authorities.
The funds have already been used to employ a support worker to reach out and give assistance to people sleeping on the streets of the area this winter.