LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/8/2018

Written by on 30 August, 2018

MIXED SUCCESS FOR STOP-SMOKING CAMPAIGN

Latest figures show that the NHS campaign to help people to stop smoking is having mixed success in Norfolk.

More than half of the 5,600 smokers, signing up for the service in the last year, said that they were still smoking a month later.

The 47 per cent of smokers who managed to stop the habit is below both the national average of 51 per cent and the average for the east of England at 55 per cent. The service offers support with one-to-one counselling or group sessions.

COUNCIL WANTS TO KEEP CONTROL OF FIRE SERVICE

Norfolk county councillors have come out firmly against giving up management of the county’s fire service.

They’ve voted against a proposal to hand over control of the service to Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner.

Councillors say they have several major concerns about the suggestion which it’s thought could put public safety at risk. Their decision will now be passed to the Home Secretary.

Police commissioner Lorne Green says he believes the move would help to reduce costs…… and to improve co-ordination between the fire and police services.

POLICE JOIN FORCES TO COMBAT HARE-COURSING

Norfolk and Suffolk police are to join with other forces in the east of England in a move to tackle hare-coursing.

The police have agreed to work with the National Farmers’ union, the Country Land and Business Association, and Natural England to combat the  activity. They plan to increase patrols in certain areas and say they will deal robustly with offenders, who often cause costly damage to land.

Hare-coursing has been illegal since 2004, but remains well-organised with large sums of money spent on betting.

SELF-HARM SURVEY IS ‘WORRYING’

A new survey has shown that over a fifth of 14-year-old girls in this region said they had self-harmed in the last year.

The Children’s Society survey questioned 11 thousand children in the east of England and found one in six had self harmed at that age.

The figure includes one in 10 boys who self harmed and 22 per cent of girls.

A Children’s Society spokesman says that it is worrying that so many children are unhappy to such an extent.

OLD RAILWAY SIGN SELLS FOR OVER £1,500

An auction of railway memorabilia has taken place in Diss, with items going for thousands of pounds.

A sign from the old Burston train station proved the highest seller….bought for more than the expected price…at £1,600. And a surprise lot, a fibre-glass headboard of Thomas the Tank Engine, sold for £550.

More than a hundred people turned up for the sale of about 300 lots at T.W.Gaze’s auction rooms.

ON HIS BIKE ALL THE WAY TO GIBRALTAR

A South Norfolk man has cycled all the way from the UK to the Rock of Gibraltar for charity.

Jack Firmin, who’s 25 and comes from Long Stratton, covered about 2,500 miles on his bike. His journey took him the length of France and Spain as well as the UK, raising funds for the mental health charity, Mind.

CITY IN TONIGHT’S DRAW

Football…Norwich City go into the draw this evening for the third round of the E.F.L Cup. The top Premiership clubs, such as Manchester City and Liverpool, now join the competition with 32 teams left. The ties will be played week beginning September 24th.

Meanwhile, Ipswich defender Toto Nsiala has lost an appeal against his red card in the recent Sheffield Wednesday game. He will now miss three matches.

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