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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 21/08/2018

Written by on 21 August, 2018

COMMUNITY GROUP TO TACKLE BIRDS PROBLEM

A community group is taking action to try and reduce the large number of hens and chickens living wild on a housing estate in Diss.

A band of over 200 birds is said to be roaming through the area around Ensign Way, close to Diss railway station.

A group of local people have now agreed to join together to catch some of the flock and remove them from the estate. They are hoping to find farmers or other people interested in taking care of the birds.

WARNING ON WAVENEY VALLEY HERITAGE BUILDINGS

There’s been a warning that six important heritage buildings in and around the Waveney Valley are at risk.

Historic England’s Heritage at Risk programme says the buildings are in danger from neglect, decay or nearby development.

The six are included among 10 sites in South Norfolk said to be needing attention.

They include Billingford windmill at Scole and five churches: St Mary’s in Gissing, in Forncett and in Denton; St Margaret’s in Starston; and All Saints Church in Shelfanger.

POLICE SPEED UP 101 RESPONSE TIME

Suffolk police say that they’ve speeded up the answering of calls to the county’s 101 non-emergency telephone service.

They say that a new system introduced in May has resulted in a much improved service, which had been criticised for slow response times. It’s hoped that the new system, allowing operators to prioritise calls, will encourage the public to report more crimes.

HARLESTON’S OLD POST OFFICE MAY BECOME A FAMILY HOME

A former post office and bank in Harleston town centre is to be converted into a family home.

Plans have been submitted to restore the Grade-2 listed building, which has been empty for some years. The building on Old Market Place has also previously been an art gallery, a cafe and offices.

It’s planned to preserve the building’s historical details and remove previous alterations that are not in keeping. It also still includes vaults and a safe.

APPEAL FOR WITNESSES TO HIT-AND-RUN

Police are appealing for witnesses after a hit and run accident on the A140.

The incident happened yesterday evening when a vehicle failed to stop, after colliding with a teenage cyclist near Swainsthorpe. The cyclist was thrown off his bike on to the verge, but he wasn’t seriously hurt.

REDGRAVE PARK TO OPEN ITS DOORS

Redgrave Park is opening to the public next month…..but only for a couple of days.

A two-day flower festival is being held at the hall…offering visitors a rare chance to look around the historic estate, which dates back about 800 years. The park includes landscapes created by Capability Brown, one of the country’s iconic gardeners.

The event at the grade-2-listed period folly takes place on September 1st and 2nd.

TOWN TRAVEL WITHOUT TAYO

Ipswich Town are back in action in the Championship tonight.

They travel to Derby, hoping to maintain their good record at Pride Park, where they haven’t lost since 2006.

New signing Tayo Edun will miss the game through suspension, while former Town striker Martyn Waghorn is likely to be in the Derby team.

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