LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 25/6/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 25 June, 2018
FIRST BUDDY WALK GOES AHEAD
The first “buddy walk” has taken place near East Harling, a year after the brutal stabbing of local pensioner, Peter Wrighton.
The buddy-walk scheme has been set up with the help of police to bring the community together and provide reassurance to dog walkers in the area.
About 50 people took part in the half-hour walk around the woods where Mr Wrighton was killed.
Local people say his death had a profound effect on fellow dog walkers, who have felt unable to return to the area.
COMMUNITY HEALTH TRUST GETS TOP MARKS
Norfolk’s community health and care trust has been rated as outstanding by watchdogs.
It’s the first NHS stand-alone community health trust in England to get the rating from the Care Quality Commission.
The service, caring and leadership were rated outstanding overall.
Staff were also praised…..and patient feedback was said to be consistently positive.
YOUNGSTERS ARRESTED IN DRUGS OPERATION
Over 100 children have been arrested by police for involvement in drug dealing over the last 18 months in Norfolk.
126 children made up a quarter of all the arrests during ‘Operation Gravity’ in Norfolk against “county-lines” drug dealing.
49 were charged with drug offences and one with attempted murder.
Norfolk police say that 45 of the children were from Norfolk, 55 from London and the rest from other counties, including Suffolk.
The police operation has so far netted cash and class A drugs worth tens of thousands of pounds….and some investigations are continuing.
STRANDED PASSENGERS GET BACK HOME
About 200 passengers…..stranded in Bulgaria after their Norwich-bound plane had to be diverted…have returned home.
Their TUI flight arrived at Norwich airport about 24 hours behind schedule, after the plane had to make an emergency landing at Sofia (SO-FEE-YA).
The plane was returning from Paphos in Cyprus when passengers, many from Norfolk, reported the smell of smoke.
TUI say hotels were found for the overnight stay, but some passengers complained that they were stuck at the airport in Bulgaria for hours.
COUNCIL BOOST ON HOUSE BUILDING
South Norfolk council has been awarded ‘outstanding status’ in a scheme aimed at boosting house-building around the country.
The award is for showing commitment and working with the community to set up the right infrastructure for development.
It’s also likely to help the council being able to obtain funding more easily for future developments.