LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/7/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 20 July, 2018
CRIME ON THE RISE IN NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK
Overall crime is on the increase in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Latest figures show that the number of recorded crimes went up in the year to last March.
There was a 12 per cent increase in Norfolk, with over 56 thousand offences. In Suffolk, there were fewer crimes at 53 thousand, but the percentage increase was higher – at 15 per cent.
The biggest increases were in harrassment, stalking and sexual offences, as well as offences involving violence.
However, Norfolk is still one of the safest areas in the country, with the lowest crime rate in the Eastern region.
DEVICE TO CLEAR TOXIC ALGAE IN THE MERE
A new device is being brought in to tackle the problem of toxic algae in the water at Diss Mere.
The town council is installing the ultrasound device next week to stop the spread of the algae in the hot weather.
The device was a suggestion in a recent plan to improve the management of the Mere’s water quality.
The fountain at the centre of the Mere has had to be switched off in previous summers to prevent it spraying droplets of the water and algae on the public and pets in windy weather.
CANCER IS MAIN CAUSE OF DEATH IN NORFOLK
A new report shows that cancer is the main cause of death in Norfolk.
The figures show that about 19 hundred people died of cancer in 2016, out of nearly 6,800 deaths in the county.
Cancer death rates in the county are in line with the national average…with the figures falling in South Norfolk, as in most areas of the county.
WEATHER GOOD FOR THIS YEAR’S DISS FEST
Hopes of some rain or showers tomorrow morning in this area seem to have dried up!
Forecasters expect the hot and dry weather to continue throughout the weekend….and for the next few days as well.
Good news at least for the Diss Fest…which gets underway this evening in the town’s Park.
The three-day community festival will feature a mix of various art forms, including theatre, music, creative arts and performance, while also giving local talent a chance to take part.
IS WAGHORN ON THE WAY?
Football…and Norwich City have loaned winger Yanic Wildschut to Bolton for the season….while Ipswich Town look likely to sell striker Martyn Waghorn.
Town are said to want at least £8 million for the player.