LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/11/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 November, 2019
MAN SENTENCED IN COURT FOR THROWING ROCKS AT PASSING CARS
A court has heard that a South Norfolk man was suffering from schizophrenia, when he carried out about 100 incidents of throwing rocks at passing cars on local roads.
25 year old Aaron Hurley, from Langley, has been told by a Norwich Crown Court judge that it was remarkable that nobody had been seriously hurt by his actions. He has also been told to keep up mental health treatment.
Hurley committed the offences along roads on the Norfolk-Suffolk border in May and June this year. Damage involved has been estimated at £17,000 from 37 complaints, but many more incidents are said to have taken place.
He admitted four counts of endangering road users, three counts of criminal damage, and asked for 86 other matters to be considered. He was sentenced to a three-year community order and a 20 day rehabilitation course, with a one-year driving ban and £85 victim surcharge.
TOWN’S SKATE PARK IS SET TO RE-OPEN
A decision will be made later this week on whether to re-open the skateboard park in Eye.
Wednesday’s town council meeting is set to approve the opening, after a full inspection found no safety issues. The park was closed by the council in August after prolonged problems involving youngsters and complaints of anti-social behaviour there.
The council is also expected to agree to install fencing and CCTV in preparation for improvements at the site, next to the town’s Community Centre.
AIRSHOW TO BE THE MOST “AMBITIOUS” YET
Organisers of this year’s Old Buckenham airshow are looking to put on the most ambitious event yet.
The show at Old Buckenham airfield is set to be held on new dates over the weekend of August 1st and 2nd. Plans for the show include bringing in a bigger mix of iconic aircraft, with more air displays, attractions, and viewing space.
It’s also planned to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May, with special 1940s celebrations including a Glenn Miller tribute concert.
POLICE REVEAL NORFOLK’S FASTEST SPEEDERS!
Police in Norfolk have revealed details of the fastest motorists caught speeding in the past year.
The highest speed recorded was nearly 150 miles an hour, reached on the A47 one afternoon in May last year. The driver was banned, with fines and costs totalling over £600.
All of the top ten speeding offences in the county were for more than 120 miles an hour, including one on the A11 at Spooner Row – at 132 miles an hour.
TOWN ALMOST SLIP UP BUT STAY ON TOP
Harleston Town are still top of the Anglian Combination Premier, after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Acle. A Pearce spot-kick saved the game for Town with just 15 minutes left. Their lead at the top has been cut to three points and second-placed Waveney have three games in hand on them.
Scole United slipped down to tenth place, after a 2-1 defeat away to Bradenham.
DISAPPOINTMENT SEES DISS DROP TO FOURTH
Diss rugby first team dropped to fourth place in London North 2 after losing at Stowmarket 34 points to 17. A disappointing result for Diss after their good start to the season, as they struggled in the first half on a slippery pitch. Diss Saracens won a close local ‘derby’ match, at home to Wymondham seconds 22 points to 20.