LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 28 May, 2018
FATAL SKY-DIVE AT BECCLES
A Suffolk man has died while sky-diving at Beccles airfield.
The incident happened on Saturday when sky-diving instructor, James Brooke was killed when he crashed into the ground while attempting a high-performance landing.
Mr Brooke worked as a special needs teacher in Bury St Edmunds.
FEWER FIRES IN SUFFOLK – GREATER RESPONSE TIME
New figures show that the number of call-outs to fires in Suffolk has fallen significantly.
The total decreased to about 620 in 2016/17 a fall of more than 50 per cent over ten years previously.
However, the average response rate to fires in the county has gone up to nearly eleven and a half minutes compared to only nine and a half minutes in 2006/07.
The increase reflects the national trend, with the local Fire Brigades Union saying that it now takes longer to reach fires because of the loss of fire fighters, stations and engines in recent years.
MORE THAN £20 MILLION TO FIX POTHOLES
Suffolk county council’s new leader, Matthew Hicks has confirmed that over £20 million will be committed to repair potholes in the county’s roads over the next three years.
The council will have to borrow the funds to re-surface a thousand miles, about a quarter of the road network in Suffolk.
ROADWORKS AT ASLACTON
Roadworks are expected to close a street through Aslacton this week.
Pottergate Street will be closed for repair work on a suspected broken road drainage pipe.
The work, costing £4,500, is due to start on Tuesday.
NORFOLK ‘BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT’ HOPEFUL FAILS TO MAKE FINALS
There was no joy for Norfolk panto star Ben Langley at the weekend when he was knocked out of a national tv talent show.
Ben, from Shimpling, was one of the acts that failed to get through to the live finals of Britain’s Got Talent later this week.