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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 21/05/2019

Written by on 22 May, 2019

FASTER TRAINS WILL STOP AT DISS IN FUTURE

Diss is in line to be one of the stops for new, faster train services between Norwich and London.

Greater Anglia are planning to speed up all journeys on the line during the next 18 months, when its new fleet of modern trains go into operation.  A new twice-daily service, taking 90 minutes between Norwich and London, has just been introduced, but only stopping at Ipswich.

GOLDEN GARDEN  AWARD FOR HARLESTON DESIGNER

A gold medal has been won by a Harleston garden designer at this year’s Chelsea Flower show.

Jody Lingard, who runs Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, collected a top award with his design for a special show garden, marking the centenary of the Montessori education charity.  It’s his first ‘solo’ gold, having previously collaborated on other award-winning gardens at the show.

CONTROVERSY BREAKS OUT AT COUNCIL OVER POWER SHARING

There’s controversy over the make-up of Mid Suffolk council, with councillors split into two equal groups.

Each group has 17 members, following a decision by the only Independent councillor to join with the Conservative group, whilst the Greens and Liberals Democrats say they’ll work together in the other group.

But new council chairman, Lavinia Hardingham, a Tory, is using a casting vote to break any deadlock, including over yesterday’s election of the council’s leader.  The Greens and Liberals say they’re disappointed that there’s been no attempt at sharing power, despite the Conservatives not having a majority.

MAN WITH MENTAL ILLNESS STOPPED HIS CAR ON LEVEL CROSSING

An inquest has heard how a Fressingfield man deliberately stopped his car on a level crossing, before it was hit by a train.

54 year old Michael Howsen died in the accident at Palgrave last September, after suffering multiple injuries.  He’d also driven on to a crossing at Mellis earlier, but had been narrowly missed by a train.

Mr Howsen, of Chapel Close, had a long history of mental illness and had told his daughter in a phone call that “he’d had enough”, after he’d decided to stop his medicine.

CAR SETS GARAGE ON FIRE AT EYE

A fire has broken out in the garage of a house at Eye this morning.

Fire crews took over an hour to control the blaze, which started in a car inside the garage in Elizabeth Way and spread to the building.  No one was hurt and the cause is not thought to be suspicious.

CANARIES DEFENDER SIGNS NEW DEAL

Norwich City defender Timm Klose has agreed a new long-term deal with the club.  The Swiss international has signed for another three years.

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