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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/3/2018

Written by on 30 March, 2018

NORFOLK PCSO’S TO BE MADE REDUNDANT

Norfolk police have announced around 100 redundancies at an estimated cost of £2 million.

It spells an end to PCSOs on the force with about 90 losing their posts this week along with 10 staff.

They will be replaced by about 100 new police officers, under Chief Constable Simon Bailey’s plan to re-structure
the force, saving £10 million over the next two years.

About 30 of the PCSOs being made redundant will become full police officers returning to the same community.

HOSPITAL MERGER A STEP CLOSER

Ipswich Hospital’s planned merger with Colchester General has taken a big step further forward.

The governing bodies of both hospitals have approved the merger plan after a joint meeting.

The final decision will now be made by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and if approved, could be in place in the summer.

There are said to be no plans to move services between hospitals under the merger.

MORRISONS CONSIDERS OPTIONS FOLLOWING REJECTION OF NEW RETAIL UNITS

Morrisons supermarket is said to be considering available options after a plan to build new shops on the store’s car park in Diss was turned down.

A spokesman for the company says they’re disappointed at the decision of South Norfolk councillors to reject a proposal for four small shops, a car wash and tyre service area in the Victoria Road car park.

There has been strong opposition to the plan from several groups, including Diss town council and the Heritage Triangle Trust.

ARREST AT DISS RAILWAY STATION

A man has been arrested at Diss railway station after complaints of theft on a Norwich to London train.

The man was taken into custody by Transport Police on suspicion of stealing a laptop and mobile phone as well as for being verbally abusive to passengers.

LOCAL SPORT

Football….and there are two early favourites in the betting for the job of Ipswich Town manager after Mick McCarthy confirmed he’ll leave at the end of the season.

Former England manager Steve McClaren and Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley are the leading picks for the job at the moment.

McCarthy confirmed his departure yesterday, saying that he’s proud of what has been achieved during his six years at Portman Road….but his time at the club had run its course.

Town next play on Saturday at Birmingham while Norwich City face Good Friday action at home to playoff-chasing Fulham this afternoon.

Hernandez will miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Diss Town are at home to Holland FC on Saturday.

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