LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 19/08/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 August, 2019
MAN RELEASED AFTER ARREST OVER ATTACK IN DISS PARK
Police have released a man who’s been questioned about an attack on a homeless person in Diss at the weekend.
The man was taken into custody on suspicion of assault, causing grievous bodily harm. It follows reports that a 32 year old man, who’s been camping on the park, had been attacked with a metal tool on Saturday night. He’s now said to be in a stable condition in hospital, with serious head and face injuries.
The injured man has been living in a tent on a grassy part of the park near the Mere for nearly two months, after being moved on from camping close to retirement homes in the town. He’d been allowed to stay on the park, while efforts were made to find him accomodation. A temporary home has now been found for him in Ipswich.
EYE CHARITY WITHOUT A HOME DECIDES TO CALL IT A DAY
A charity, based in Eye, has decided to close down, after failing to find a new home.
Mid Suffolk HOPS have spent three years looking for a suitable base, after hearing that their current lease in Stoke Road would not be renewed. The group has helped hundreds of children with special educational needs over the last 40 years, but will now close in September.
HIRE FEES FOR THE TOWN’S PARK TO COME DOWN
The cost of hiring Diss Park for commercial events is being reduced.
Diss councillors have agreed on new lower fees to encourage more use of the park. There will be no charge for charity and not-for-profit events. The re-think by the council follows a decision by the organisers of Gig In The Park not to go ahead with the event this year, because of the proposed hire charges.
TOWN FINDS TWO NEW COUNCILLORS
Two more councillors have joined Diss town council, but a search is on to find another three.
Sue Kiddie, the wife of former town mayor, Keith Kiddie, and former teacher Mark Gingell, from Shelfanger, have been co-opted on to the authority. That brings the number of members now on the council to 11, still short of the full quota.
FIRST POINTS FOR CITY WITH A HAT-TRICK BOOST, WHILE TOWN GET LATE DRAW
Norwich City have collected their first points back in the Premiership. A hat-trick by striker Teemu Pukki put the Canaries well on the way to a 3-1 win against Newcastle in their opening home game of the season.
A battling display at Peterborough saw Ipswich Town stay unbeaten so far with a 2-2 draw. A late header from Luke Chambers secured the point. Meanwhile, the Blues have completed the signing of Colchester defender Kane Vincent-Young.
DISS OFF THE MARK AT HOME AND CLIMB TO SEVENTH
Diss Town secured their first home win of the season, beating Haverhill Borough 2-0. Town came close with three early chances before Ryan Fuller got his fifth goal of the season and new signing Owen Betts scored his first for the Tangerines late on. They’re in seventh place after three games.
In the Anglian Combination, Harleston returned to winning form with a 4-1 home victory against Mundford. Two of the goals came from Nathan Russell. Stone and Roberts added the others. After last week’s home win, Scole United crashed to a 6-0 defeat away at Hellesdon. United are away again on Tuesday for a local derby match against Harleston.