LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 4/02/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 5 February, 2019
HUNDREDS SIGN PETITION FOR MORE LONG-STAY PARKING
More than 400 people have signed a petition complaining at the lack of long-stay car parking in Diss town centre.
The petition’s been started by local traders and now town councillors plan to take up the matter with South Norfolk council, It’s hoped the district council will consider bringing back more long-stay spaces to its car parks in the town.
CHURCH FACING VANDALISM PROBLEM
A highly-regarded parish church in Eye is facing a threat from vandals.
St Peter and Paul church is left open every day, but has attracted recent acts of vandalism.
Two small fires have been started in the building recently, with visitors to the church able to put one out, before it caused serious damage. A Christmas crib display has also been damaged and a food bank collection was scattered about the church.
It’s regarded as one of the finest churches in Suffolk and people in the town are now being asked to help keep an eye on the building.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED ON CONSENT
A campaign has been launched on social media by police in Norfolk and Suffolk aimed at tackling issues around consent , n relation to serious sexual offences.
The move follows a rise in serious and complex crimes, including rape and sexual offences. Latest figures show an increase in sexual offences of just over 25 per cent in both counties.
Five short videos have been released on the two forces’ Instagram accounts to coincide with Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which is underway until next Sunday.
The videos were produced by local company, Eye Film, and aim to raise awareness about seeking consent among a target audience of 13 to 25 year olds.
COMMUNITY PUB MARKS ITS FIRST YEAR WITH ITS OWN BEER
A community pub in Redgrave has marked its first year in operation. The Cross Keys was renovated and re-opened, after £300,000 was raised by the village’s community society to buy it as a community asset.
The pub has now launched its own beer, which is being brewed in Scotland by Greene King.
ENTRIES POUR IN FOR SAFETY INITIATIVE
Hundreds of entries have been sent in as part of a safety campaign aimed at young children locally.
Park Radio’s ‘Be Seen, Be Safe’ initiative was launched after Christmas, challenging pupils at junior and porimaryt schools in the area to design, paint or draw a piece of art, inspired by road safety. In exchange, the children will receive luminous armbands to wear on journeys to and from school.
The initiative was supported with funding by the Diss and district Rotary Club and the South Norfolk Help Hub.
CITY CLIMB TO THE TOP AFTER FINE WIN OVER THE LEADERS
A fine performance by Norwich City sees them start the week back at the top of the Championship. They stunned leaders, Leeds United on their own ground with a 3-1 away win. City are top, level on points, but with a slightly better goal difference.
Desperate times for Ipswich Town. An injury-time goal meant Town failed to get even a point at home to Sheffield Wednesday, losing 1-0. They’re now 8 points from safety and 5 points behind next-to-bottom Bolton.
HARLESTON LOSE AT HOME, BUT STAY TOP
A disappointing start for new Harleston Town manager, Leon Moore at the weekend, as the division leaders crashed to a surprise 4-1 home defeat against Norwich C.B.S. They’re now only a point ahead of second-placed Mulbarton.
Moore, who was formerly Debenham manager, takes charge of Harleston initially until the end of the season, assisted by caretaker managers, Adam Mullin and Craig Trudgill.
DISS DISAPPOINT AGAINST BOTTOM TEAM
Diss Town failed to continue their recent run of good league form, losing 2-1 to bottom team, Needham Town reserves. Town found it hard to deal with the artificial pitch and conceded a goal in injury-time to give the home side only their second win of the season.