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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/3/2018

Written by on 23 March, 2018

FUTURE OF PUBLIC TOILETS UNCERTAIN

The future of the public toilets near The Mere in Diss is still up in the air.

And now the town council has decided to set up a working group to investigate the options for the toilet block.

The group is to look at several factors, including whether the ground at Mere’s Mouth is suitable for re-building and if an alternative site is available…. as well as the cost of all the various options.

The town council has been committed to taking over the block, which is in a poor state structurally….but the £80,000 allocated by South Norfolk council for repairs will not be enough and South Norfolk is no longer willing now to pay for providing public toilets in the district.

NORFOLK POLICE RECEIVE POSITIVE RATING FOR PROTECTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Police in Norfolk have been judged as ‘good’ at protecting vulnerable people and supporting victims.

It follows a latest inspection looking at the overall effectiveness of the force in protecting vulnerable people and in specialist capabilities.

Inspectors stated the force had performed consistently well in maintaining a quality service for local communities. Norfolk was judged as good at identifying if a person is vulnerable when they first come into contact with them.

It was also noted there were clear processes in place for assessing risk to victims and that call-handlers quickly identified vulnerable people, seeking the support of additional services when appropriate.

FOUR ARRESTED NEAR SCOLE FOLLOWING SHOPLIFTING INCIDENT

Police have arrested a total of four men after stopping a car on the A143 near Scole.

The arrests followed an earlier shoplifting incident at a Wymondham supermarket.

The vehicle was pulled over by officers on suspicion of dangerous driving, failure to stop and no insurance.

The men in their 20s and 30s are all said to come from Colchester. Their vehicle was also seized.

ROBBERY SUSPECTS RELEASED UNDER INVESTIGATION

Two men and a woman arrested following a robbery at a convenience shop in Barningham have been released under investigation.

The three were taken in for questioning after being arrested in Essex, after the incident at the Spar shop in Church Road.

NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR SUFFOLK

Suffolk county council has a new chief executive.

She’s Nicola Beach, who lives in Ipswich and will join the authority in the summer from Essex county council, where she is director of infrastructure.

She was previously chief executive at Braintree council and has also worked for South Norfolk council.

GREATER NORWICH HOMES CONSULTATION CLOSES

A consultation into where thousands of homes will be built around the greater Norwich area has closed.

More than seven thousand homes are to be built in South Norfolk, Broadland and Norwich over the next 18 years under the Greater Norwich Local Plan.

Football…while Ipswich and Norwich have the weekend off, Diss Town travel to Downham Town tomorrow to try to get back to winning ways kick off is slightly later than normal at 3.30.

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