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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 3/5/2018

Written by on 3 May, 2018

PARENTS OF MURDERER ‘WARNED HEALTH WORKERS’

The parents of convicted murderer Alexander Palmer have said that they warned mental health workers that he was collecting a hoard of knives.

Palmer, from Norwich, was recently convicted of repeatedly stabbing East Harling grandfather Peter Wrighton to death in woodland near East Harling.

His parents have also told BBC East that they’d warned health professionals that Palmer had stopped taking his medication.

An internal review is now being carried out by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

It says that Palmer was told by a specialist to get rid of his weapons and it was hoped he would comply.

TOP LEVEL MEETING OVER FUTURE OF DISS POST OFFICE

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has welcomed news of a top level meeting to discuss options for the future of the Crown Post Office in Diss.

Post Office senior managers have agreed to meet the MP and town councillors, after a plan to open a new post office as a franchise operation to replace the current crown office fell through.

Mr Bacon says the priority is to ensure that Diss is not left without a post office, as it will play an even more important role for banking services, when the town’s National Westminster Bank closes in a few weeks.

CAR GOES THROUGH RAILWAY LINE FENCE

Police have been called to an incident on a railway line near Saxmundham.

They found that a car had gone through a fence in Kiln Lane at Benhall Green last night.

A search of the area failed to find the driver and the car has since been removed.

British Transport Police are investigating.

FORMER DISS MAYOR STEPS DOWN AS TOWN COUNCILLOR

A former Mayor of Diss, Keith Kiddie has decided to step down as a town councillor.

He’s the fourth member of the town council to resign in recent months and it comes just a few weeks after the three other vacancies were filled.

He’s been on the council for over seven years and says he plans to continue on South Norfolk and Norfolk county councils.

SUFFOLK MP SAYS INQUIRY TOOK A TOLL

Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter says that he faced “some very dark moments” while he was the subject of a misconduct inquiry recently.

Mr Poulter was cleared of allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female colleagues, but spent several months on sick leave away from Westminster, while the inquiry took place.

He says it took a tremendous toll on his health and well-being, even though he was sure that he would be cleared.

UNION SATISFIED WITH JOB PROTECTIONS IN WAKE OF SALE

A union has welcomed a firm promise of no redundancies following the sale of Bungay printing firm, Clays.

The company has been sold for nearly £24 million to one of the largest European print groups, Elcograf.

The Unite union says it is satisfied with assurances that the long-term future of the plant is secure with senior management continuing to run the firm.

Clays prints 150 million books a year at Bungay, including the Harry Potter series.

LOCAL SPORT

A special match will be held this weekend in memory of a Beccles footballer who died in a car crash at Gillingham last year.

23 year old Aiden Lowe made over 100 appearances for Bungay Town and was voted Player of the Year by club supporters last year.

The match takes place, as part of a family fun day, at Ditchingham on Sunday afternoon.

Proceeds will go to a charity trust set up in the player’s name…. in support of children’s hospices.

Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey has signed on with the club for another two seasons.

The 32 year old Norwegian international is seen as one of the experienced players that manager Daniel Farke wants to keep for the future.

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