LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/10/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 23 October, 2018
GARAGE OWNER DENIES SUPPLYING FALSE NUMBER-PLATES
A South Norfolk garage owner has denied that he knowingly supplied false car number-plates to a criminal gang.
45 year old Simon Oakley is one of four men now on trial on charges connected to a gang that carried out over 200 burglaries in the region last year. Oakley, of Alburgh Road, in Hempnall, has admitted supplying the plates, but said that he had no idea that they were being used for burglaries.
He’s told Norwich Crown Court that he hadn’t fitted any of the plates or even seen the cars at his garage, Stratton Quick-Fit, in Long Stratton. He’s said that he provided up to 500 plates a year, but accepted he did not always ask for documentation or proof of identity.
The trial continues.
SKY-JUMPER DEATH WAS AN ‘ACCIDENT’
An inquest has heard that an experienced sky-diver died accidentally, after miscalculating a jump.
26 year old James Brooke, a Suffolk teacher, died at Beccles airfield in May, while attempting a high-performance landing. He had carried out over 900 jumps in four years, but suffered multiple fractures and a brain injury when he landed heavily.
CHAIR-PERSON NEEDED FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP
A new manager is being sought to help steer the future of neighbourhood planning in the Diss area.
The Diss and district neighbourhood planning steering group is looking for a new chair-person, after a decision by Mike Bootman to step down. He’s guided the group through its initial stages, including a survey and business summit meeting.
Work is now set on planning for growth in Diss and the six surrounding parishes involved in the project.