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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/11/2018

Written by on 30 November, 2018

RICKINGHALL MAN CAUGHT BY POLICE

A Rickinghall man has been arrested after failing to return to prison, while on temporary release.

22 year old Chasey Price was wanted by police in the county after going missing over three weeks ago.  He’s been returned to prison after being found in Norwich and arrested for breaching the terms of his licence.

Price was originally arrested in July for drugs offences, when he was stopped on the A143 between Diss and Bury St Edmunds.

CHRISTMAS DRINK-DRIVE CAMPAIGN GETS UNDERWAY

The latest major drink-drive campaign is about to be launched in Norfolk and Suffolk, in the run-up to Christmas.

The campaign officially starts from Sunday, when there’ll be extra police patrols and roadside checks carried out around the two counties.

A total of more than 3,000 drivers were tested during last year’s Christmas campaign, with 82 drivers from Norfolk and 72 from Suffolk found to be over the limit.  Police also carried out drug tests, with 43 drivers from Suffolk and 35 from Norfolk testing positive.

SOUTH NORFOLK GETS 100 PER CENT COVERAGE

South Norfolk has become the first rural area in East Anglia to achieve complete broadband coverage with decent speeds.

The council has now reached its aim to offer every home and business in the district access to download speeds of at least 10 megabytes per second.  About £900,000 has been invested by the council in the Better Broadland for Norfolk programme, and then in extending a better connection speed to parts of South Norfolk not served until now.

DISS WOMAN RAISES FUNDS FOR HOSPITAL THAT SAVED HER LIFE

A woman from Diss has raised around £2,000 in funds for a hospital that saved her life.

Lynne Ainge has handed over the cheque to the James Paget hospital in Gorleston, where she stayed for three weeks after being diagnosed with sepsis.

Lynne got the dangerous infection after getting a cut to her ankle from a piece of glass, but credits the prompt action of the sepsis project team at the hospital for saving her life.

She raised the money by organising a special night of Rat-Pack swing-music at Brome Grange hotel two months ago.

POLICE TAKE ACTION AFTER PHONE SCAM WARNING

Another warning’s gone out about phone scammers, this time involving ITunes or Google gift cards.

The warning’s come after an elderly man from Diss was conned into handing over £800 earlier this week.  Callers, claiming to be from HMRC, ask for bills to be paid by the vouchers.

Police have been visiting local shops selling the gift cards to tell staff about the scam and to put up warning notices.

PROFITS STILL GOING UP FOR SUFFOLK BREWER

The Suffolk pub and brewing company, Greene King has announced improved half-year figures.

Overall revenue increased by almost two percent, with sales in pubs up by 2.7 per cent, boosted by the good summer weather and the World Cup.  Profits increased slightly at £128 million.

PARKING BOOST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS

Shoppers in Diss have been given an extra Christmas boost.

An extra hour of free parking is being offered in the South Norfolk council car parks on the four Saturdays up to Christmas, starting tomorrow.  There’ll be two hours’ free parking in a total of eight car parks in the town.

WEEKEND FOOTBALL FIXTURES

Norwich City will look to get back to winning ways, and hold on to the top spot in the Championship tomorrow, when they’re at home to Rotherham United.

At the other end of the table, Ipswich face a tough one at in-form Nottingham Forest, with new manager Paul Lambert still waiting for his first win at the club.

Locally, Diss Town hope to stop a run of four straight league defeats, at home to sixth-placed Fakenham Town. Leaders Harleston Town are away at lowly Kings Lynn Town Reserves.

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