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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 29/5/2018

Written by on 29 May, 2018

CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE THE WAVENEY VALLEY

A major new project has been launched to promote the Waveney Valley.

The campaign is the idea of South Norfolk, Mid Suffolk and Waveney Councils with the aim of boosting tourism and business in the area.

The Waveney Valley Leader project will focus on seven local market towns including Diss, Harleston, Eye, Bungay and Halesworth, as well as the rural area surrounding the river.

A new co-ordinator has been appointed to work with the Waveney Valley Local Tourism action group to maximise tourism opportunities and interest.

It’s hoped to encourage tourists to stay longer and spend more, by linking places of interest with tours heritage and nature trails and food and drink experiences.

SECOND WHISTLEBLOWER QUESTIONS AMBULANCE SERVICE REVIEW INTO WINTER DELAYS

A senior paramedic in the East of England ambulance service has criticised a recent review into the trust’s winter difficulties.

He’s a second whistleblower to call for a new and full public inquiry into the delays last winter.

Speaking to the Health Service Journal magazine, he’s said that the review’s findings did not tally with what he and his colleagues had experienced.

An earlier whistleblower had claimed that 40 patients were harmed or died because of delays, but the ambulance trust said that there were 15 cases of harm and only three were severe.

POLICE TO ATTEND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES IN 60 MINUTES

Norfolk police are looking to attend all reports of domestic violence within an hour from now on.

It’s hoped the early response will offer more support to victims and a chance to collect better evidence.

Recent figures show that an increasing number of domestic abuse victims fail to support a prosecution.

LOCAL RESTAURANT MAKES TOP LIST

A restaurant at Stanton has been named as one of the top eating places in the country outside London.

The Square Meal guide and website has placed the Leaping Hare Vineyard restaurant at number 70 after receiving thousands of votes in a survey.

A total of five restaurants in Norfolk and Suffolk made the top 100, including two in Norwich, one in North Norfolk and a second in Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds. Highest placed was Benedicts in Norwich.

DISS MAN NAMED NEW CEO OF LEADING CHARITY

A man from Diss has been appointed the new chief executive of a leading family and children’s charity in the East of England.

Allan Myatt has taken the top job at the Suffolk-based Ormiston Families charity, after eight years as its director of operations.

He’s spent more than 30 years in the charity sector, after initially working as a shipping radio and radar officer for BP.

SUFFOLK SHOW TO GET UNDERWAY

It’s the first day of the Suffolk Show tomorrow.

The morning is expected to start quite wet but the weather is expected to get drier as the day progresses.

Special routes are being set up to the showground at Trinity Park and also away from there for later in the day.

LOCAL SPORT

Football…and Ipswich Town could soon have a new manager.

Town have agreed a compensation package with Shrewsbury Town for their manager Paul Hurst, who is to have talks at Portman Road about the job.

Hurst took Shrewsbury to the League One playoffs this season, but they missed out on promotion after losing in the final at the weekend.

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