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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/01/2019

Written by on 28 January, 2019

TWO GO TO CROWN COURT FOR BURGLARY SPREE

Two men have been sent for trial at Crown Court, in connection with a series of burglaries last year around Norfolk and Suffolk.

The two men, from the Norwich area, are charged with carrying out many of the 20 burglaries in South Norfolk, including Harleston, Tasburgh and Talconeston, as well as Eye and Beccles in Suffolk.  They’re also charged with a burglary in Brooke a few days ago and are due to appear in court on February 22nd.

DECISION SET FOR WEDNESDAY ON TOWN CENTRE HOTEL PLAN

A decision on the latest plan to build a new hotel and shops in Diss town centre is set for Wednesday.

It’s likely that South Norfolk planning councillors will reject an application for the development from the Marston’s brewery chain.  Council officers are recommending refusal for a 27-bedroom hotel and three shops, next to the Thatcher’s Needle pub in Park Road.

It’s felt that the development would adversely affect current town centre businesses and harm the setting of the town’s conservation area.

POLICE ‘DISAPPOINTED’ AT DRINK DRUG TESTS FIGURE

Almost 350 people were arrested during the Christmas drink and drug driving campaign in Norfolk and Suffolk, a higher total than in the previous year.

Police have called the figures “disappointing”.  A total of over 2,200 breath and drug tests were carried out. The month-long campaign saw more drivers testing positive for drugs than alcohol, in both counties.

SNOW COULD BE ON THE WAY FOR THE WAVENEY VALLEY

Weather forecasters have warned of possible heavy snow-falls later this week.

They’ve issued a yellow warning of snow over much of Norfolk and Suffolk from 9 o clock on Tuesday evening until midday on Wednesday.  Rain is likely to turn into sleet and possibly snow overnight tomorrow.

FUNERAL FOR WELL-KNOWN BRESSINGHAM MAN

The funeral’s taken place of a well-known businessman and parish councillor in Bressingham.  71 year old Roy Gallagher died while on holiday in the Canary Islands.

He had lived at Bressingham for 40 years and was a school governor, as well as previously, a director of the Country Homes business in Eye and the The National Caravan Council.

POLICE INVESTIGATE “HOODED” REPORTS IN VILLAGE

Police are investigating two incidents in Fressingfield in the early hours of Friday.

They received reports of two people, with hoods covering their faces, looking into cars in a parking area in the village.  They’re also appealing for witnesses about a linked incident of attempted burglary at a property on Laxfield Road, when the occupant was disturbed by noises, near an outhouse.

POWER CUTS HIT AROUND A HUNDRED HOMES

About 100 homes in the Diss,Palgrave and Botesdale areas have been affected by a power cut.

A fault in a high-voltage overhead line has been blamed for the cut, which lasted for around four hours on Sunday  morning.

THE CANARIES STAY IN SECOND AFTER HOME DRAW

Norwich City failed to climb back on top of the Championship, after being held to a 2-2 home draw by other promotion contenders, Sheffield United.  The visitors twice pegged the Canaries back to share the points…..leaving City now three points behind Leeds.

Ipswich Town failed to improve their hopes of avoiding relegation, losing 2-1 at Aston Villa, despite the home side’s recent poor run of form. The Blues are still four points behind Bolton at the bottom and seven points from safety.

HARLESTON NOW JUST A POINT AHEAD AT THE TOP

Harleston Town are still top of the division, despite having no game at the weekend. There’s just one point between them and Mulbarton, who climbed closer to the top with a home win.

Harleston, who are still looking for a new manager, now have a game in hand over Mulbarton and a superior goal difference.

In rugby, Diss firsts were hit by injury and other availability problems for their away game at fourth-placed Old Haberdashers, who won 41-nil.

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