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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/09/2019

Written by on 22 September, 2019

NEARLY A FIFTH OF ADULTS GIVEN ANTI-DEPRESSANTS IN SOUTH NORFOLK

Nearly a fifth of people in South Norfolk were given a prescription for anti-depressants in the year to March 2018.

Figures for 2017-18 show that just over 34,200 people, or 18 per cent of adults in the area, were prescribed drugs for depression, over-anxiety or insomnia.

The figures also show that over 23,600 received at least one prescription for highly-addictive opioid painkillers, over the same period. That’s 13 per cent of adults.  The figures don’t include people given them for cancer pain.

SPECIAL MEETING CALLED  OVER SKATE PARK

A special meeting is to take place in Eye this evening to review the future of the town’s skateboard park.

A meeting of the town council’s environment committee will discuss recent problems at the skate park, in Magdalen Street.  It follows a decision last month to temporarily close the venue, following complaints about bad behaviour.

A full council meeting had heard about ‘prolonged misuse’ there, including indecency, use of illegal substances and incidents of cars and motorbikes coming on to the site.

INQUIRY INTO CYCLIST DEATH CONTINUES

An investigation is continuing into the death of a cyclist at Shelfanger late last week.

A man in his 40s died at the scene on the B1077, after colliding with a van.  People living nearby say that there has been a series of accidents on Shelfanger Road, part of the road from Diss to Attleborough.

They’re calling for the speed limit there to be reduced from 60 miles an hour, because of a number of difficult bends in the road.

APPEAL OVER ACCIDENT ON THE A140 

Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident on the A140 near Long Stratton.

A man received serious arm and leg injuries in a collision between a pedestrian and a car.  It happened yesterday at the junction with Hill Farm Road, closing the main road for four hours.

CITY GO NORTH AFTER THAT CARROW ROAD WIN

Norwich City follow up their home win over Premiership champions Manchester City with a trip to Burnley tomorrow.  The home side are just below the Canaries in the table and haven’t won since the opening day of the season.

Ipswich Town look to extend their unbeaten run in League One to eight games. They’re away at midtable Gillingham.

In local leagues, Diss Town are without a match this weekend.  Harleston, joint top in the Anglian Combination Premier, are at home to U.E.A, while Scole United travel to Blofield.

Rugby…..Diss first team, after winning their opening game, are away to Epping Upper Clapton, who suffered a heavy away loss last weekend.

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