LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/03/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 1 April, 2019
TWO MEN SENT FOR SENTENCING AFTER ADMITTING CANNABIS CHARGES
Two men have appeared in court after police found cannabis, said to be worth a million pounds, at Redgrave.
More than 800 cannabis plants and a large amount of equipment were discovered at premises on Redgrave business centre. 34-year-old Eglant Selenica and 29-year-old Daniel Muhaj, both of Redgrave, admitted charges of producing cannabis and will be sentenced at Crown Court at a later date.
The magistrates heard that the two Albanians were illegal immigrants and had only worked as gardeners to look after the plants. They were caught after local people noticed the smell of cannabis coming from a unit.
VARIETY OF KNIVES HANDED IN DURING CAMPAIGN
Over 200 knives have been handed in to police during a recent campaign in Norfolk.
The total of 237 knives included daggers, machetes and Samurai swords. Operation Sceptre was held earlier this month by police forces around the country to show the risks of carrying a blade.
MP TO BE SENT PETITION TO SAVE FORMER APOLLO CLUB
A petition to stop the former Apollo club in Harleston from being knocked down is to be sent to South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.
The online petition has been signed by nearly 900 people so far, out of a target of 1,000 names. The organisers want to buy the old Apollo building to convert it into a community hub.
CALL FOR BROWN-FIELD SITES TO BE USED FOR BUILDING NEW HOMES
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England says that there’s no need to use up more of Norfolk’s countryside for building new homes.
The organisation has found that there are plenty of brown-field sites available around the county; enough for about 12,500 new homes. However, the C.P.R.E figures show that South Norfolk has one of the lowest numbers of available brown-field sites, with potential for only about 480 homes.
DISS YOUNGSTERS GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON TOWN’S FACILITIES
Young people in Diss have been asked in a survey what new facilities they’d like to see in the town.
The survey, carried out by the recently-formed Diss Town Youth Council, has highlighted improvements to the skate park as a major need. It also suggests improving the park and the Diss Youth and Community centre. It’s also found that few youngsters know about the youth centre and its facilities.
It’s been agreed to spend £10,000 on the centre; £5,000 on improving the skate park; and £3,000 on new park equipment.