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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 29/10/2018

Written by on 31 October, 2018

COUNTY BORROWS TO BUILD NEW SPECIAL SCHOOLS

Four new schools are to be built in Norfolk for children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Norfolk policy councillors have agreed to borrow £120 million to pay for the schools and to improve support for children in mainstream schools.  It’s believed the new schools will save around £13 million a year in costs to transport children around the county.

About 300 pupils are currently attending independent schools in the county and elsewhere, because of a shortage of places.

HARLESTON MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 54 year old man from Harleston was killed in a road accident.

The man died when his motor-cycle was in collision with a car in The Street, at Brockdish on Friday evening.  An air ambulance attended the incident, but the man died at the scene. The car driver received only minor injuries.

ACADEMY TRUST GROWS IN SIZE

Two more schools have now joined an academy trust, recently set up in South Norfolk.

The trust has now doubled in size, with the addition of Harleston’s Archbishop Sancroft High and the town’s primary school.  The Diocese of Norwich St Benet’s Trust was initially founded with two schools in the Diss area, the Diss C of E Junior Academy and Dickleburgh C of E Primary.

It’s hoped that closer working relationships between the four schools will help to raise standards and support development.

AWARD FOR REDGRAVE’S COMMUNITY GROUP

Redgrave’s community society has received an award, after helping to save the village’s pub.

The group won both the overall and the Community Spirit prizes for Mid Suffolk, in this year’s Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk awards.  Other award winners included Radio Stradbroke and Stradbroke Good Neighbours volunteer groups.

BODY FOUND ON VILLAGE’S PLAYING-FIELDS

The body of a man has been found on playing fields at a South Norfolk village.

The man in his 50s was found near the village hall at Bunwell on Friday. Police say that the death is not being treated as suspicious. The coroner has been informed.

NEW MANAGER STARTS WORK AT PORTMAN ROAD

Paul Lambert officially starts work this morning at Ipswich Town, after being confirmed as manager.

The former Norwich team boss will face a tough job in turning round the struggling Blues. They remain at the bottom of the table, five points adrift, after losing convincingly at Millwall 3-nil at the weekend.

Norwich City continued their climb up the table, with a home win against Brentford. City are now in 4th place.

HARLESTON KEEP THE LEAD INTACT

Locally, Harleston maintained their ten point lead at the top of the Thurlow Nunn division north table.  A convincing 6-2 home win against struggling Needham Market reserves continued their good form.

A late goal conceded in injury time brought defeat for Diss Town at home to Ipswich Wanderers.  Town lost 2-1 after failing to convert several good chances during the game.

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