LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/12/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 20 December, 2019
CYCLATHON EVENT LOOKS SET TO SURVIVE
The future of a top annual event in Diss looks secure.
The Norfolk-based social enterprise, Pedal Revolution has agreed to step in to organise the popular Diss Cyclathon. There were fears that the award-winning cycling event would fold, when the original organisers announced they were stepping down, a few months ago.
Now Pedal Revolution will take on the running of the event, which raises £10,000 every year for charity. Around a thousand cyclists took part in the various rides in this year’s Cyclathon.
DRINK AND DRUG DRIVING CAMPAIGN NETS ARRESTS
Norfolk police say a total of 84 arrests have been made so far this month, as their Christmas drink-and-drug driving campaign continues.
More than half were arrested for drink driving.
TOWNS SET FOR HOMES EXPANSION
Over 13 hundred new homes are set to be built in Diss and Harleston, according to a planning blueprint for building development in South Norfolk.
A draft version of the Greater Norwich Local Plan has now been published, showing 730 new homes could be built in Diss and and an additional 620 in Harleston .
The plan covering the Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk areas is now likely to be put out for consultation.
VET WARNS DOG OWNERS AFTER POISON INCIDENTS
A local vet has issued a warning after four dogs were deliberatedly poisoned.
The dogs are now all doing well, following treatment at Linden House veterinary centre in Diss. A spokesman says that they were shocked by the incident and urge pet owners to be vigilant.
The animals were taken to the centre, after eating chocolate marshmallows that contained a toxic substance. They’d been planted at a popular dog-walking spot, near Clint Road in Thorndon.
CANARIES SKIPPER HIT BY INJURY
There’s bad news for Norwich City with skipper Ben Godfrey out of action until February with a knee injury. City will look for a victory tomorrow at home to well-placed Wolves, as they try to climb out of the Premiership bottom three.
Ipswich Town will be hoping to return to winning ways in League One, away at mid-table Portsmouth, to keep in touch with leaders Wycombe, now seven points ahead.
DISS HAVE TOP THREE PLACE IN THEIR SIGHTS
Diss Town are chasing a top-three place in the Thurlow Nunn first division north. They take on bottom side, Wisbech St Mary at Brewers Green Lane tomorrow.
Harleston Town can close the gap with top team Waveney in the Anglian Combination premier. They play at mid-table Long Stratton, whilst Waveney’s match has been postponed. Scole United will also miss out this weekend, as their game has been called off.
There’s no game for Diss rugby first team, as they take a long Christmas break, with their next match set for January 11th.