LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 26 February, 2018
MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES
A court has heard that a former soldier accused of killing an elderly man from Banham had been discharged from the Army on medical grounds.
The soldier, 24 year old Alexander Palmer had also told detectives that he began feeling paranoid after suffering a head injury while serving in the Commandos.
Palmer denies murdering 83 year old Peter Wrighton at East Harling last August.
The case at Nottingham Crown Court is expected to last for another week.
WINTER STORM BEARS DOWN ON THE AREA
There’s a warning of major travel disruption with forecasts of heavy snow in Norfolk and Suffolk from tomorrow.
Sub-zero temperatures are expected to continue until the weekend with heavy snow falls from early Tuesday morning and also possibly on Wednesday. Further heavy snow is likely on Friday.
Many schools are likely to be closed in the two counties following the snow; all stayed open today; keep in touch with Park Radio this week for the latest.
Greater Anglia have set up contingency plans to focus on keeping the major train routes operating in the case of heavy falls and extreme weather, including the Norwich to London and Norwich to Cambridge services.
All Greater Anglia trains will stop at around 10 o’clock tonight.
OBJECTIONS TO PLANS FOR NEW HOTEL AND RETAIL UNITS
Plans for a new 27-room hotel and around 10 retail units in Diss are facing strong objections.
Diss town council and the Heritage Triangle Trust have both raised concerns about the plans proposed by Morrison’s supermarket and Marston’s brewery.
They’ve written to South Norfolk planners saying that the developments in Victoria Road are not suitable and could increase traffic in the area and draw people away from the historic town centre.
The council is also against a proposed loss of spaces on the supermarket’s car park for the new buildings.
Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that auditing the accounts of the Heritage Triangle Trust has cost the town council nearly £17,000; the Diss Mercury says that councils have a legal duty to report any amount spent over £500. The accountants involved, Ensors have local offices in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, and Saxmundham.
The Heritage Triangle project cost more than £3 million.
ARREST IN MISSING MAN CASE
Police have made an arrest in the search for a missing man with Diss connections.
The man, in his thirties from the Ipswich area, was taken in for questioning over the weekend.
The search is continuing for 43 year old Paul Moore, who has been missing now for nearly three weeks.
ELECTRIC CAR NUMBERS INCREASE
The number of electric cars on the road in Norfolk and Suffolk has shot up.
In the year to September 2017, the number of registered plug-in vehicles increased by over 55 per cent in each county.
But there are still only about 860 registered electric cars in Norfolk and about the same in Suffolk. South Norfolk had the biggest increase to 186.
NEW 24/7 TRAIN INFORMATION SERVICE
Greater Anglia is going 24 hours a day shortly with a train information service.
From March the 4th customers will be able to get around the clock information and assistance on a special telephone number.
They’ll also deal with calls from people seeking help at Greater Anglia’s ‘virtual-agent’ ticket machines.
The number is 0345 600 7245
Football…and a fine away win at Preston for Ipswich at the weekend. Recent signing Mustafa Caroyol got the goal in the second half with Town manager Mick McCarthy saying he’s still aiming for the play-offs.
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke believes his team gave their best home performance of the season against Bolton but they failed to score and had to settle for a point in a goalless draw.
Locally, Diss Town went down to a 2-0 home defeat against bottom club, Team Bury…both goals coming late in the game.