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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/03/2019

Written by on 19 March, 2019

ANOTHER ANGLO SAXON PENDANT GETS TREASURE STATUS

A second valuable Anglo-Saxon gold pendant, found on farmland near Diss, has now been declared as treasure.

The pendant was found in 2017 close to the site in Winfarthing, where a similar pendant was discovered three years earlier.  The first pendant has since been valued at £145,000 and was recently on show at the British Library.  The more recent item is believed to date back to the 6th or 7th century.

ELDERLY MAN DIES AFTER HOUSE FIRE

An elderly man has died in a house fire near Bungay.

The man in his 80s died in hospital, after being taken from his home at Ilketshall St Margaret, at the weekend.  He was rescued from the first floor of the building in Low Street and given first aid, after reports that he was trapped inside.

DRIVER ESCAPES BAN AFTER GARDEN WASTE FALLS OFF VEHICLE

A motorist from Eye has avoided losing his driving licence, after magistrates decided not to give him any penalty points.

28 year old Benjamin Smith had stopped on the A140 when a large load of garden waste fell from the roof of his van. Police found that another bag only had a single strap to secure it.

Smith told the court that he’d lose his job if he received a possible ban, as he was within two years of passing his test and already had points for speeding.  He admitted driving with an unsecured load that could have caused danger and was disqualified from driving for a week, with a fine and costs of £330.

BRIDGE REPAIRS CLOSE ROAD FOR A FORTNIGHT

Work is underway on repairing a bridge at Burston.

The parapet wall on Shimpling bridge on the outskirts of the village was damaged by a recent accident.  Work, costing £40,000, is expected to take two weeks to complete.  A diversion along the B1077 Shelfanger Road will be in operation.

APOLLO OWNERS ASKED TO RE-CONSIDER DEMOLITION

A church group in Harleston is hoping that it can persuade the owners of the former Apollo Club in the town to re-consider plans to demolish the building.

Hope Church says it’s successfully applied to South Norfolk council to have the building listed as a community asset.  It’s concerned, though, that the owners may still go ahead with the demolition to use the site for new retirement homes.

The church has offered the asking price for the building in Mendham Lane and has plans  to turn it into a community hub, as well as a centre for the church.

LEISURE CENTRE OPENS ITS DOORS AGAIN AFTER REVAMP

The re-vamped Long Stratton leisure centre is opened to the public later today.

Improvements at the centre in Swan Lane include a new gym, fitness studios, cafe and changing rooms, costing around £2 million

CANARIES KEEP THE PROMOTION PUSH GOING

Norwich City pushed on with their promotion bid with a 3-1 away win at bottom-three side Rotherham at the weekend.  They extended their run of consecutive wins to six and increased the lead at the top to four points with Leeds losing at home to Sheffield United, who climbed into second spot.

There was yet another draw for Ipswich Town, this time at home to Nottingham Forest.  The 1-1 draw meant the Blues have lost only once in seven games, but they’re still rooted to the bottom of the table with relegation now starting to look certain as games run out.

TITLE COMES CLOSER FOR HARLESTON

Harleston moved a step closer to the division championship with a resounding 5-0 home win against bottom club Wisbech St Mary.  They moved seven points in front of nearest challengers Mulbarton, who now have a game in hand.

Diss Town collected a valuable point as they forced a 1-1 draw at mid-table Debenham to move further away from the danger zone. Diss had led for most of the second half , until conceding in the final minutes of the game.

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