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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 24/4/2018

Written by on 24 April, 2018

POLICE WARNING OVER ELECTRICAL ITEMS

A warning’s gone out from police following reports of electrical items being sold from vans in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The incidents have taken place in various locations including Diss and police say the sellers could move on to new places.

The reports include cold calls on homes and approaches to people in car parks.

Chainsaws, pressure washers and generators are among the items being offered and police warn that these could be
poor-quality counterfeits or stolen goods.

PLANS FOR LONG STRATTON BYPASS CAUSE CONCERN

Plans for a new by-pass in Long Stratton along with nearly 19 hundred new homes have raised a number of concerns locally.

About 30 people have sent in comments to South Norfolk Council after the scheme was submitted earlier this year for planning approval.

Most respondents agree that the by-pass is badly needed but there is concern at possible delays because of the number of roundabouts involved and that the by-pass could become just an access road for the new estates, with the High Street regarded as a rat-run for through traffic.

There’s also concern at a lack of a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians and a safe crossing over the new road.

DISS HIGH SCHOOL AWARDED GOOD RATING

Another good rating has been awarded to Diss High School, following its latest Ofsted inspection.

The inspection report says the school remains very popular and continues to offer a good quality of education.

It also comments that pupils enjoy going to the school which has a high rate of attendance compared to the national average.

There were also positive relationships between teachers and students…and generally an exemplary attitude shown in classes.

£3 MILLION SPENT TO GRIT ROADS

Road gritting in Suffolk during the recent big freeze cost a total of nearly three million pounds.

A new report shows that the severe wintry weather meant the cost of gritting in the county went up by a massive one million pounds compared to the previous winter.

It says the county council’s gritting teams were severely tested having to make over 185 runs, the highest number for seven years. About a hundred were made in 2016-17.

The report points out that the freeze has caused extensive damage to the roads which could cost between one and two million pounds to repair.

LOCAL SPORT

Football….and one of Norwich City’s mainstays is leaving the club….after ten years.

Midfielder Wes Hoolahan will play his final match for the club this weekend….after playing more than 350 games in the last ten years.

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