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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/02/2019

Written by on 19 February, 2019

PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISS AREA MAY BE REVISED

A move is underway to revise plans for the development of the Diss area.

The Diss and district neighbourhood steering group is meeting today to review and refine its aims for the future.  The group is now looking at making housing and business as the priorities in its blueprint, and also intends to discuss potential short-term development, rather than long-term projects.

The steering group is made up of representatives from the town council and seven parish councils around Diss.

FIRST BUSINESS AWARDS FOR SOUTH NORFOLK COMPANIES

South Norfolk’s first awards presentation for local businesses has taken place.

Ten companies were given awards at the inaugural ceremony to mark the diversity of businesses in the area.  Winners included the Harleston cider company for innovation in agriculture, food and drink.Waveney river centre won the award for the best visitor economy experience. The Corn Hall in Diss was also commended in this category.

INQUIRY UNDERWAY INTO FARMER’S DEATH

An inquiry is taking place into the death of an elderly man in a farm accident at Thorndon.

The 79 year old man, farmer John Edwards, fell into a grain silo on the farm at Rishangles Lodge in Hestley Green.  Police and the Health and Safety executive are now investigating.

Mr Edwards has been described as a ‘tremendous influence’ in the community and ‘willing to help anyone at any time’.

POLICE ASK FOR WITNESSES TO LINKED BURGLARIES

Police are appealing for information following two burglaries in South Norfolk.  It’s thought that the two incidents on late Tuesday afternoon are linked.   A car was stolen at Swardeston after a break-in at a property in Wood Lane, whilst jewellery was taken in a burglary at Stevens Lane in Wreningham.

And Suffolk police are investigating a burglary at Debenham. A house in Vicarage Gardens was broken into on Wednesday afternoon or evening and a search carried out.

HARLESTON YOUNGSTERS GET READY TO GO ON-AIR

A group of pupils at a Harleston school is preparing to take to the airwaves.

Five youngsters from Archbishop Sancroft school will be putting together a series of two-hour programmes on Park Radio from early March.  The group have been practising and preparing for their broadcasting stint for several months, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

They follow a group of sixth formers at Diss High school, who were heard on the station last year.

CANARIES GO BACK TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE

Norwich City are back on the top of the Championship. They bounced back from their midweek defeat with a convincing 4-nil away win at struggling Bolton. City are now two points ahead of second-placed Sheffield United and Leeds,who had no game at the weekend.

Ipswich Town collected a point in their second 1-1 home draw in a week. A stoppage-time equaliser saved the game against Stoke City. Town are now nine points from safety.

HARLESTON KEEP THEIR FOUR-POINT LEAD

Harleston held on to their four-point lead at the top of the table with a crushing 5-1 away win at Haverhill Borough.  Second-placed Mulbarton kept up the pressure with a convincing 4-nil victory at Leiston reserves.

Diss failed to follow their fine win against Mulbarton the week before, putting in a poor performance at Downham Town, but only losing to a disputed goal, when the referee overruled an offside flag.

Meanwhile, Diss plan to revive a reserves side from next season, three years after it was dropped.  It’s hoped the move will help to strengthen the first team in the future

IN OTHER SPORT……

Rugby – a young Diss first team fought hard but found Southend Saxons too strong, losing away by 55 points to nil.

Motor-sport – local drivers Aaron Rix and Rob Cook finished third out of 75 entries in Class C of the fifth round of the Motorsport News circuit rally championship at Snetterton at the weeknd.

 

 

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