LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 3/4/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 3 April, 2018
EYE TOWN HALL BREAK-IN
Police are investigating a break-in at Eye Town Hall over the Bank Holiday weekend when several valuable paintings were vandalised.
The break-in came just a few days before the building was due to be re-opened following a refurbishment, costing over £170,000.
It’s understood that the incident happened on Sunday evening and the four oil paintings, dating back more than a century, were seriously damaged after being slashed with knives. Damage is estimated at several thousand pounds.
The clock tower window was also smashed to gain access to the building from nearby scaffolding.
The town hall committee intend to still go ahead with an informal opening planned for tomorrow, following the work funded by Suffolk and Mid Suffolk councils and Historic England.
Anyone with information or cctv in the vicinity is asked to call Suffolk police on 101 or the town council.
FLOOD WARNINGS FOR NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK
Flood warnings have gone out across Norfolk and Suffolk following the recent heavy falls of rain.
The Environment Agency says a watch is being kept on the River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove to Ellingham and Bungay.
Levels remain high around Needham Mill and the Thet is at risk in Thetford.
No further heavy rain is expected today but showers should return for tomorrow morning.
EASTER ENGINEERING WORKS COMPLETE
Greater Anglia say that track and other improvements on the Norwich to London rail line over Easter was complete and services at weekends should now face less disruption.
However, it’s expected that work will return at future bank holiday weekend and buses will take train passengers between Diss and Norwich this weekend, because of rail works.
TWO-CAR CRASH AT EARL STONHAM
Police are appealing for witnesses to a two-car crash at Earl Stonham.
The drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance after the head-on collision on the A1120.
It’s understood that the two, a 48 year old man and a 19 year old woman, suffered serious injuries in the accident at the weekend.
ARREST FOLLOWING HIGH SPEED CHASE
A driver in his 20s has been arrested after a high speed chase in the Diss and Roydon area.
Police say his van was chased by two marked cars for five miles from Shelfanger Road in Diss until Wortham cemetery.
The man was arrested for dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving under the influence of drugs.
LOCAL ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE IN BID TO BUY PREMISES
A group of artists and craftspeople in Diss are looking to raise around £300,000 to buy their current base.
They’ve started a fundraising campaign to buy the building which they rent in St Nicholas Street.
The group called Designermakers 21 promotes the arts through workshops, events, walk-in studios, and training courses.
Now an independent charitable organisation, they have renovated the building which they now hope to own, to secure the future of their home and work.
Football….Ipswich Town ended a run of three defeats when they held on for a 2-2 home draw yesterday against playoff-chasing Millwall.
Manager Mick McCarthy says he feels a bit lost after his departure in the summer was announced last week and has hinted that he may leave before the end of the season.
Norwich ran into trouble at Queens Park Rangers going down 4-1 after first taking the lead.
Both teams remain in mid-table.
Diss Town’s game at Debenham was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.