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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/02/2019

Written by on 21 February, 2019

BOYS ARRESTED AFTER TOWN CENTRE FIGHTING INCIDENT

Three teenage boys have been taken in for questioning, after a disturbance in Diss town centre.

The three were arrested by police yesterday evening, following reports to them that a number of youths were fighting in Mere Street.  Officers were called out by people working in nearby businesses and passers-by, who also tried to intervene, telling the youngsters to stop.

An 18-year-old man was treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries to his knee and wrist.  Police say that no weapon was used during the incident, although a knife was found at the scene.

The three boys, two aged 15 and one aged 16, remain in custody on suspicion of affray, assault with actual bodily harm, and possession of an offensive weapon.

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ORDER BROUGHT IN

A section 34 order was placed on Mere Street and other parts of the town centre, when a large number of youths remained in the area after the fighting incident.

The order, giving police powers to move people on to prevent anti-social behaviour or crime, is to stay in force until tomorrow evening.

Police want to hear from witnesses or anyone with mobile phone or dashcam coverage.

SOUTH NORFOLK’S COUNCIL TAX TO GO UP

South Norfolk council is putting up its share of council tax for next year by nearly 3.5 per cent.

It will mean an extra £5 on average council tax bills for next year;  a similar increase to last year.  The total increase, following rises in council tax for other local authorities and for policing, is expected to add an average £70 at least to bills.

A & E PATIENTS STILL FACING A LONG WAIT TO BE SEEN

Patients are continuing to wait for hours to be seen at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital’s emergency department.

Figures for January show that just 60 per cent of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within a four-hour period.  That’s the lowest number in the last five years and well below the national target figure.

VANDALS HIT PLAY AREA FOR A SECOND TIME

Police are investigating after vandalism at a children’s playground at Long Stratton.

The playground in Manor Way has been attacked by vandals on two occasions in the last week or so.  The vandalism, during the current half-term school break, has been strongly criticised by local people on social media.

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