LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 22/07/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 24 July, 2019
POLICE SEEK VANDALS AFTER ATTACK ON VILLAGE CENTRE
Suffolk Police have launched an investigation, after a village social club was attacked by vandals at the weekend.
They’re appealing for witnesses of the incident at Fressingfield sports and social club, off Laxfield Road late last night. Two large double-glazed windows were smashed in the clubhouse and outdoor tables were turned over. The club says functions will continue as normal.
COUNCIL CO-OPTS TWO NEW MEMBERS
Two new councillors have been added to Diss town council, both of them living outside the town itself.
Doreen Collins lives in Winfarthing, but was named an honored citizen of Diss eight years ago. She has worked on the Diss Town Team, the Chamber of Trade and co-ordinated the town’s carnival.
David Poulter, from Roydon, has also been co-opted on to the council, having worked with British Rail, the NHS and local authorities. The council is still five short of its usual number of 14 councillors.
DRUG DRIVING ARRESTS SHOOT UP WITH ROADSIDE CHECKS
Norfolk Police have revealed that they’re now making almost as many arrests for drug-driving as for drink-driving.
Arrests for drug driving in the county have increased by more than six times over the last five years, since drug wipes were brought in for roadside checks. Over 600 people were arrested in the county after failing a drug test last year
FORMER TORY OFFICES GO UP FOR SALE
The former South Norfolk Conservative Association offices in Diss are to go on sale.
The building in Denmark Street, called Grasmere, will go up for auction at the end of the month,
with a guide price of between £450-500,000. It’s currently being used for offices, including by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.
TEMPERATURES SET TO SOAR IN MINI-HEATWAVE
A mini-heatwave is on its way for this week.
With temperatures climbing from today, they’re expected to get into the high 20s for most of the week. The hottest days will be Wednesday and Thursday with expected top temperatures of 30 or 31 degrees, which will be warmer than many parts of the Mediterranean.
CALLS FOR FIREARMS TO BE HANDED IN
Norfolk and Suffolk Police are joining in a national call for firearms to be handed in.
People in the two counties are being asked to surrender their firearms and ammunition, in a bid to reduce them becoming available to criminals. The surrender runs until the end of the week.
HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR FUN IN THE SUN
Organisers of the weekend’s first-ever Fun in the Sun event in Diss say they are very pleased
with the way the day went.
It’s said that upto a thousand people turned out for the free event in the town’s Park, with the weather staying dry until late on. It was organised by Diss Rotary Club and Park Radio, with proceeds going to two local and two national charities. It’s not yet confirmed how much was raised.
ALL SET FOR THE NEW SEASON START
Diss Town will kick off the new season in the Thurlow Nunn North Division with an away game at Wisbech St Mary on Saturday, August 3rd. The first home match will be the following Tuesday night when local rivals Debenham are the visitors.
Harleston Town’s first game back in the Anglian Combination will be at home to Beccles Town on Tuesday, August 13th. Scole United will also be at home, against Norwich C.E.Y.M.S. on the same night.