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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/04/2019

Written by on 30 April, 2019

MAN’S BODY FOUND IN TOWN CENTRE CHURCHYARD

Police are investigating after the body of a man was found in Diss town centre.

The body was discovered in the grounds of St Mary’s parish church early this morning.

Officers were called out after reports from the public and the area around the church was immediately closed off.  Police say the death is being treated as unexplained at present,

Church Street has been closed by the police between Market Hill and Chapel Street.

PLANS FOR POULTRY FARMS CAUSE CONCERN

There’s concern about plans to base two new large poultry farms at villages near Eye.

Around 800,000 chickens would be housed on the two sites at Southolt and nearby Horham.

The Hoxne-based company, Epigs has put in a provisional application for approval. An assessment of likely impact on the environment will now be carried out.

People living nearby have already raised concerns of the area being turned into ‘an industrial estate’ and the resulting effect on wildlife

DISS OPERATORS TAKE OVER THE RUNNING OF ALL COUNTY’S CENTRES

Diss children’s centre will continue to be run by its current operators from the autumn.

The Diss centre is one of 15 in the county that will stay open, with the other 38, including Harleston, set to close by October.

All of the remaining children’s centres, also including Long Stratton, will then be run by the Action for Children charity.  It’s just been awarded a £5 million contract by Norfolk county council to take on the task.

The move is intended to provide a more targeted early-childhood and family service in the community, but has come in for criticism from parents and social organisations.

POLICE LOOK FOR WITNESSES TO CAR THEFT

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Land Rover was stolen from a pub car park at Flixton.

The dark green Discovery was taken from outside the Buck Inn on the A1062 on Saturday evening.  It was later found abandoned on the A1066 between Scole and Diss.

‘KING OF THE CUP ‘ EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR LOCAL BOY

More than £4,000 has been raised from this year’s ”King of the Cup” competition in Diss.

The annual community event was attended by more than 300 people on Rectory Meadow recently.  It saw 60 competitors take part in the single-goal football competition over nearly seven hours.

Funds raised this year will go to 13 year-old local boy, Callum Doe, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at Christmas.

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