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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/01/2020

Written by on 24 January, 2020

NO LIBRARY CLOSURES PLANNED
There are no plans to close any of the libraries in Norfolk in future, with county councillors set to agree to a new long-term strategy for the service.

The county council is due to approve keeping all 47 libraries open, but a review is proposed of current sites to ensure the best locations for local communities.

TWO SPEAK OUT AFTER ARREST
Two men have been speaking out about their arrest in connection with the robbery of an elderly man in Diss.

The two, who work at a pizza take-away in Eye, were detained after being caught on CCTV, but later released without charge.  The men say there had been a mistake about their involvement and they’d been shocked by the incident.

COTTAGE FIRE INQUIRY

An inquiry is underway after fire swept through a thatched cottage in Barningham.

Most of the building in Pound Lane has been damaged after fire broke out in the roof, which then collapsed. Two people in the cottage escaped unhurt.

DRIVING BAN AFTER SCOOTER INCIDENT
A Diss man has been banned from driving for 18 months, after police caught him over the drink limit -using a mobility scooter.

The court heard that 32 year old Christopher Jarrett had borrowed the scooter from a friend to go to the pub.  Jarrett, of Bunting Drive, was also fined £120 with £62 costs.

RESEARCH SHOWS NORFOLK UNDER WATER

A new research project is suggesting that parts of Norfolk will be at risk of flooding in the next 30 years, due to rising sea levels.

The global warming map, drawn up by researchers in the USA, shows a wide area, including the Broads, the Fens, Great Yarmouth and Norwich, could be at risk.  It includes parts of the Waveney Valley, such as the area between Bungay and Ellingham, with the A143 likely to be under water.

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