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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/05/2019

Written by on 31 May, 2019

BIG INCREASE IN RACE-HATE CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN

New figures show that race hate-crimes recorded against children have shot up in Norfolk.

The figures saw an increase of around 300 per cent over a three-year period to 2017-18.  There was an increase from just 17 offences in 2015-16 to 71 during 2017-18.  The rise was the biggest increase noted in the East of England.

GOLF DRIVING RANGE BUSINESS IS PUT UP FOR SALE

A driving range, next to Diss golf club, has been put on sale for just under £100,000.

The Osiers driving range, on Old Bury Road at Stuston, includes a golf pro-shop and an archery practice area.  The site also has a floodlit 14-bay range and an indoor swing-range and is said to have potential for development.

The business, near the A140 junction with the A143, has no connection with the golf club.

POSTERS FOR CARNIVAL FUND-RAISING EVENT TORN DOWN

Posters, advertising a fundraising event for this year’s Diss carnival, have been torn down and deliberately broken.

The placards were removed two days after being installed on poles at various sites along Park Road in the town centre.  The posters were announcing a car boot sale planned for this Sunday morning on the park to help pay for the cost of the carnival.

CHANGES PLANNED FOR BUS SERVICE WITH FEW PASSENGERS

Changes may be made to a bus service that links rural villages in south Norfolk with Harleston.

The 84 service, run by Konectbus, travels to around 10 villages on its way to Norwich, but it’s not economical, with an average of only two passengers a day.

Norfolk county council subsidises the route at a cost of over £120,000 a year and is now planning to reduce the service to rush-hour times only, with a dial-up pre-bookable option during the day.

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