LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 24/9/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 25 September, 2018
ELDERLY MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF MURDER
A man in his 80s has been arrested in a South Norfolk village on suspicion of murder.
The arrest followed an incident when a woman was found stabbed to death in Churchill Place at Brooke on Sunday morning. The man is now being questioned by detectives, and a police cordon remains around the property.
Police have not yet named the dead woman, but it’s understood that the man involved is her partner.
LONG DELAYS FOR MOTORISTS AFTER MANHOLE COLLAPSES
There have been long delays for motorists on the A140, after a manhole in the road collapsed this morning.
Emergency repair work is underway on the main road near the Hempnall junction with the B1135 and B1527, between Long Stratton and Tasburgh. The southbound lane has had to be closed with temporary traffic lights in operation, causing queues at times of up to five miles on both sides of the road.
The work is expected to last until tomorrow afternoon, but planned roadworks on the A140 at Swan Lane in Long Stratton have been suspended, until the repairs are completed. It’s thought that the BT manhole chamber and cover collapsed after the heavy rain at the weekend.
VILLAGERS WANT MORE SAFETY ON NARROW ROAD
People in Dickleburgh are stepping up a campaign for better safety measures on a narrow road in the village.
The local parish council is criticising the lack of a proper footpath on Harvey Lane, while building work continues on a new housing development nearby. Councillors say it’s “reckless” that pedestrians will have to share the road with traffic on a blind bend near the new estate, with just a painted white line separating people from vehicles.
Their concern is supported by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, but the developers say that they’re looking to improve the road, including widening it and adding new footpaths.
CALL TO SUSPEND A CONSULTATION ON CLOSING CHILDREN’S CENTRES
A call’s been made for a public consultation to be suspended on plans to close many of Norfolk’s children’s centres.
Liberal leader on the county council, Dan Roper says that the consultation is “shameful” and should be re-written to give more accurate details of the proposal to close 46 of the 53 children’s centres in the county, including Diss and Harleston. But the controlling Conservative group has rejected the suggestion.
So far, over 350 people have sent in replies to the consultation, which lasts until November 9th.
COMMUNITY PUB GETS INTO GOOD BEER GUIDE
A community-owned pub in Garboldisham has been given a major boost. The Fox Inn has been included in the latest Camra Good Beer Guide. The award comes about two years after the pub was re-opened by a group of volunteers in the village, after standing empty for ten years.
THREE IN A ROW FOR CITY BUT TOWN STILL WITHOUT A WIN
Football…..Norwich City made it three wins in a row…after a 1-0 away win at QPR at the weekend.
Pukki got the winning goal against a side that had shown improved form recently, like City. The Canaries now move up a place to 11th, just two points off the play-off places.
Ipswich also climbed up a spot, but remain in the bottom three, after a goalless draw at home to Bolton.
This was Town’s fifth straight home draw and the team are still without a win this season, despite Bolton being a man short for nearly an hour of the game.
DISS STOP RUN OF DEFEATS
Diss Town stopped a losing sequence of three successive league defeats, drawing 1-1 at home to Swaffham.
Town had taken an early lead, then conceded in first-half injury time, but battled well in the second half to share the points.