LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 22/8/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 22 August, 2018
WARNING FROM POLICE ABOUT GANG OF ‘HANDYMEN’
Police in Diss are warning about of a gang of rogue handymen operating in the town. They’re advising people in the area to be on alert for the group, who claim to be from a property maintenance firm.
Police say that the gang has been handing out leaflets locally and they then cold-call, offering to do jobs for a low rate. However, they afterwards insist on large sums of money for the work.
An 81 year-old woman, who lives alone in Diss, has already been left ‘distressed’, after being forced to hand over a higher amount of cash.
FUN DAY APPEAL FOR HELP
Organisers of this year’s annual Family Fun Day in Eye have put out an urgent plea for help.
They’re appealing for volunteers on the day to help run the event. It takes place this Sunday at the town’s community centre in Magdalen Street.
Event organiser Kim Crispin warns that it may not be possible to hold the fun-day again next year, without more support. She says that only a handful of people currently organise the event and the situation is now proving to be a struggle, as it grows bigger.
NEW DIRECT BUSES FROM HARLESTON TO THE CITY
A new direct bus service is being launched next month linking Harleston and the Pulhams with Norwich.
First Eastern Counties will start the new Purple Line 38A service on September 2nd, travelling via the A140 and Long Stratton. It’ll replace the current Konectbus 83 service, with a temporary timetable operating for the first two weeks.
FIRE CREWS CALLED OUT AFTER ROAD ACCIDENT
A road accident in South Lopham has resulted in one person having to be cut free by fire crews from inside a car.
The accident happened yesterday evening in Redgrave Road. The person involved was then taken to hospital.
OLD BURSTON RAILWAY STATION SIGN UP FOR SALE
A sign from the old railway station at Burston will be put up for auction in Diss tomorrow.
The sign is expected to sell for at least £1,000, although a double-sign from the former station at Harleston was bought for over £3,000, at a previous auction.
It’s in a batch up for sale of about 300 items of railway memorabilia, which also includes a diagram of the former signal box at Pulham station.
WIDE LOAD LIKELY TO CAUSE DELAYS ON MAIN ROADS
A 25-metre-long wide load is expected to cause delays for drivers in the area tomorrow morning.
The load, a four-and-a-half-ton pig ark, will be travelling along the A140 and A143 from 10.30am. It’ll be travelling about nine miles from Woodgreen Farm near Long Stratton to Docking Hall at Metfield.
TOWN GO DOWN AT DERBY AS CITY CHASE FIRST WIN
Ipswich Town are still looking for their first Championship victory of the season, after going down 2-0 at Derby.
Town’s good run of results in recent years at Pride Park ended with the home side scoring two second-half goals. It was a decent display by Town, but they lacked a cutting edge.
Norwich City hope to claim their first win of the season tonight against Preston, who are now managed by former Carrow Road team boss Alex Neal. City have just one point so far this season, while Preston have drawn their last two games.