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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 25/02/2019

Written by on 26 February, 2019

MP WINS HIGH COURT DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST SUNDAY TIMES

Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has won a defamation case against a Sunday newspaper.

The Sunday Times has apologised in court for claims, published in two articles in 2017, that Dr Poulter had sexually assaulted three women MPs nine years ago.  The paper admitted that the claims, made by another Conservative MP, were untrue and should never have been published.

A Conservative Party complaints panel had also exonerated Dr Poulter last year

SPEEDING FIGURES ARE  “SHOCKING”, SAYS COMMISSIONER

More than 3,500 drivers have been stopped for speeding in Norfolk and Suffolk in a police offensive last month.

The three-week crackdown was part of a national campaign and saw 2,031 motorists caught in Norfolk and 1,591 in Suffolk.  Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore has described the figures as “shocking”.

MOVE TO IMPROVE DANGER CROSSROADS TO START NEXT MONTH

Building work is to start shortly on improving a dangerous crossroads on the A140 in South Norfolk.

Work on building a new roundabout, costing over £4 million, will start next month near Tasburgh, although some preparatory work is already underway.  Speed limits will be brought in from mid-March during the work near the junction with the B1527 to Hempnall.

SEVERAL HURT IN ROAD COLLISION NEAR EYE

Several people have been hurt in a road accident near Eye this afternoon.

A woman has been airlifted to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge with serious injuries.  Two men have also been taken to hospital in Ipswich, after a collision between a flatbed truck and a car on the B1077, near Cranley Green Road.

POLICE ISSUE CCTV PHOTOS OF MAN LINKED TO JEWEL ROBBERY

Jewellery worth around £800 has been stolen in a robbery at Diss.

The jewellery was taken from cabinets at the Diss Emporium store in Vinces Road.  The incident happened a few weeks ago on the afternoon of January 31st, but police are now appealing for help in tracing a man. They’ve released CCTV images of a person they want to speak to.

NEW EVENT LINED UP FOR THE PARK THIS SUMMER

A new event is being organised for this summer in Diss Park.  The one-day Fun in the Sun event, a beach party aimed at families, will take place on July 20th.

The new event will replace Park Alive after a ten-year run. It’s being put together by Diss and district Rotary club and Park Radio.  Three events in the park are not taking place this year – DissFest, the Organ Festival and Gig in the Park.

POLICE APPEAL AFTER SERIOUS ROAD ACCIDENT

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious road accident at Earsham.
The collision happened on the A143 between a motorcycle and a car near to the Old
Harleston Road junction, last Friday afternoon.  A man in his 60s, who was riding the bike, was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

POLICE KEEP PATROLS IN TOWN CENTRE AFTER FRACAS

Police in Diss are continuing to carry out extra patrols in the town centre, following last week’s incident of fighting between youths.

They say that the Safer Neighbourhood team will be in the Mere Street area for four hours next Saturday to discuss concerns about gangs and knife crimes.  And they have already been talking to youths in the town about the dangers of forming gangs.

Two boys, aged 15 and 16, are still under investigation after being arrested at the disturbance in Mere Street last Tuesday.

CITY STAY TOP WITH A WIN, BUT TOWN GET A POINT…AGAIN !

Norwich City stay top of the championship after a battling 3-2 home win against play-off contenders Bristol City.

The Canaries had to equalise twice before taking the lead in a strong second-half showing to end the visitors run of seven straight victories.  City still have a two-point lead over Sheffield United and Leeds, who also both won.

It’s looking difficult for Ipswich Town who made it three draws in a row, away at fellow strugglers Wigan.  Town went close to a much-needed win, managing to hold on to an early lead despite going down to ten men in the first half. However, they were denied in stoppage time when the home side equalised.

HARLESTON THROUGH TO THE CUP SEMI-FINALS, AS DISS CLIMB WITH A WIN

Harleston Town cruised through to the semi-finals of the Thurlow Nunn first division north knockout cup, with a convincing 5-1 home win against Leiston reserves.  They are also still four points ahead in the league title race, as second-placed Mulbarton slipped up at the weekend, losing away.

Diss Town climbed up a place and moved further away from the bottom of the table.  Their 1-0 home win against AFC Sudbury reserves was their fifth win in seven league games this year.

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