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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/04/2019

Written by on 26 April, 2019

POLICE SAY NORFOLK IS STILL ONE OF THE SAFEST COUNTIES IN THE COUNTRY

Latest figures show that there was no significant increase in the overall level of crime in Norfolk last year. And police say that the county remains one of the safest in the country.

The number of offences involving burglary, criminal damage and theft went down, compared to 2017.  However, there was a considerable rise in knife crime compared to six years ago, as well as more reports of violence, harrassment, and sexual offences. Robbery also increased sharply.

Police say that the increases were due partly to a genuine rise in offences and also to more reporting of incidents by the public.

PURCHASE OF LAKE MEANS MORE EXPANSION FOR NATURE RESERVE

A nature reserve in the Waveney Valley is continuing to expand.

Extra land has been bought by the Otter Trust to extend the Dickleburgh Moor reserve, including a large former glacial lake.  The move will allow the trust to improve management of the wet lands for the benefit of wildlife, such as breeding and wintering and water birds.

The reserve is closed to the public, but a series of free monthly guided walks is due to start next month for visitors.

SECTION OF FAMOUS PATH MAY CLOSE TO TRAFFIC

A public consultation is underway on a plan to close off part of the famous Boudicca Way to traffic near Diss.

Norfolk county council is considering a ban on vehicles using Back Lane, which is part of the
long-distance footpath travelling through South Norfolk.  It’s a rural by-way running between Burston Road and Moor Road in Shimpling.

People living nearby say it’s been used by off-roaders, causing considerable damage to the track.  Temporary bollards have been put up to stop access until a final decision is made, following the consultation, which ends next Tuesday.

FEWER FATAL ACCIDENTS REPORTED ON LOCAL ROADS

The number of deaths in road accidents in Norfolk and Suffolk has fallen over the last five years.

The number of fatalities fell by over a quarter in Norfolk to 24, in the 12 months to March this year, and there were also fewer deaths in Suffolk, with the figure going down by over 10 per cent to 22.

BIG NIGHT AHEAD FOR THE CANARIES AS PROMOTION BECKONS

Norwich City will confirm promotion tomorrow, provided they don’t lose against
Blackburn at Carrow Road.  The Canaries are currently six points ahead of Leeds United in third place, with two games left to play. It’s a 7.30 kick-off tomorrow evening.

Ipswich Town are at second-placed Sheffield United in the first of two difficult games against top teams to complete a season of struggles.

Meanwhile, f ormer Blues manager Mick McCarthy says he’s sad to see the club go down to League One, with possible cuts in jobs and wages.  However, he hopes that the fans who, he says, “hounded him out” last year, now enjoy watching the “sexy” football in the lower division.

HARLESTON GO FOR CUP SUCCESS

It’s Cup Final day for Harleston as they complete their season this evening in the final of the Thurlow Nunn first division knockout cup.

They’re favourites to win against Holland F.C, who lie in mid-table in the south division. The game is at Woodbridge F.C.’s ground, kick off at 7.45.

Harleston then have to wait to see if title rivals Swaffham Town manage to win their final league match tomorrow to secure the championship. If not, Town will take the title.

Diss Town hope to end their season with a victory at home tomorrow, but they face tough opposition, fourth-placed March Town United.

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