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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 24/01/2019

Written by on 24 January, 2019

MPS CALL FOR ACTION ON MENTAL HEALTH TRUST’S FAILINGS

Local MPs have joined a call for urgent action to sort out Norfolk and Suffolk’s failing mental-health care.

South Norfolk’s Richard Bacon, Central Suffolk’s Dan Poulter, and George Freeman, of Mid Norfolk, are among a cross-party group of seven MPs from the two counties to demand action.  They say that there has been an ‘unacceptable drift’ in sorting out the failings of the mental health trust, which has been rated as the worst in the country.

The MPs are calling for an end to the ‘confusion and chaos’ about the trust, which they believe should be placed in government control or split up.

DISS COMPANY SEES GOOD GROWTH LAST YEAR

Diss audio-visual company, Midwich has reported another successful year.

The firm says last year saw good growth with strong all-round performances across the group.  Revenue increased by about 20 per cent to over £570 million pounds.

DOORS OPEN AT NEW LIBRARY IN EYE

Eye’s town library has opened its doors for the first time in a new home this afternoon.

The library has moved to new premises in a renovated council workshop and offices at The Cross.  Its former base for 40 years in Buckshorn Lane closed about two weeks ago.

An official opening ceremony is planned for next month, winning several awards.

MAN WALKED IN MAIN ROAD TRAFFIC AFTER  BREAK-UP WITH GIRLFRIEND

A Tharston man has admitted walking in and out of traffic on the A140 while drunk late on Christmas Eve.

Magistrates heard that 28 year old Andrew Cruickshank was seen walking drunkenly near the Hempnall crossroads, and, after first refusing to speak with police, then told them to arrest him.  He told the court that he’d split up with his girlfriend and it had not been a ‘very good day’.

He was given a conditional discharge for nine months with costs of £105.

NORFOLK AUTHOR AND EDITOR DIES AT 101

Norfolk editor and author, Diana Athill has died at the age of 101.

Her publishers have announced her death last night, after a short illness.  She grew up at her family home at Ditchingham Hall and published eight memoirs, receiving several literary awards and an OBE.

OWNER SAYS CLUB IS NOT UP FOR SALE

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has insisted that the club is not for sale.  He’s also confirmed that he has no intention of selling it.

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