LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/01/2020
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 21 January, 2020
STORE AT RISK
The Beales’ department store in Diss has come a step nearer to closing down, after the national chain went into administration this morning.
The Diss store, along with the company’s other 21 shops around the country, is continuing to trade, but ‘closing-down sale’ notices are expected to appear later this week.
The company says it’s still hopeful of saving the business, as talks continue with possible buyers.
POLICE OPERATION ON ROADS
Police have been carrying out a major operation based at Eye, targeting heavy good vehicles.
Officers in the Suffolk Roads and Armed policing team have stopped vehicles, suspected of offences, at locations on the A140 and nearby roads. A check site was set up on Eye airfield to inspect the vehicles.
LONGER RESPONSE TO FIRES
New figures have shown that fire crews in Norfolk are taking longer to attend major incidents.
The response to serious fires is now, on average, nearly a minute later than compared to five years ago. The Fire Brigades Union says the increase is ‘alarming’ and has blamed cutbacks to the service.
NEW BID FOR CONTAINER PARK
Another attempt is being made to set up a storage container park on a site near Diss.
Plans for the container park, on land in Lower Rose Lane at Palgrave, have been re-submitted. They’ve already been rejected twice by Mid Suffolk planners, mainly due to traffic safety concerns.
INQUEST OPENS ON MOTORCYCLIST
An inquest has opened on a motor-cyclist from Eye, who died in a road accident.
56 year old David Clarke, from Cross Street, was killed in a collision with a car on the A140 at Dickleburgh. He’s said to have suffered multiple injuries in the incident on January 10th.
CONCERN FOR MISSING MAN
Police say that they’re concerned for the safety of a Gislingham man, who’s gone missing.
They’re trying to trace 47 year old Lee Fitzgerald who was last seen on the morning of January 9th in Diss.
He’s described as 6ft 1ins tall, slim build, with receding brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue hoody.
CANARIES EASE THE POINTS GAP
Norwich City are now six points from safety in the Premiership, after a 1-nil victory in the battle of the bottom two at home to Bournemouth. A penalty by Teemu Pukki ended a winless run of nine matches for the Canaries.
Ipswich Town moved into third place in League One with a 2-1 win at struggling Tranmere. Both Town goals came after the interval as the Blues fought back to pick up their first away success in two months.
DISS DROP AFTER DEFEAT
Diss Town have dropped to eighth in the Thurlow Nunn first division north table, following their heavy 6-1 defeat at Fakenham. A much-changed Diss side, with several regulars missing, conceded five of the goals in the last 25 minutes.
In the Anglian Combination Premier division, Harleston Town and Scole United both saw their games postponed, due to pitch conditions.
Diss Rugby Club’s first team also had their game at Saffron Walden called off, but Saracens had a massive home league win, beating Watton 59 points to nil.