LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 4/10/2018

Written by on 5 October, 2018

JOBS AT RISK AS BANHAM POULTRY LOOKS FOR A BUYER

A buyer is being urgently sought for a long-established Norfolk family business that faces going into administration.

Around 1,000 jobs are directly at risk at Banham Poultry…with another 2,000 affected in the supply chain.  Moves are underway to save the jobs at sites in Banham and in Attleborough.

It’s understood at least two bids are on the table for the firm, one of the county’s biggest employers.

POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO DEATHS AT FACTORY

Police are investigating after two men were found dead at Banham Poultry’s  Attleborough plant earlier today.

It’s understood that the two were sub-contractors doing pest control work and they may have been affected by a suspected chemical spillage or refrigeration gas leak.

NEW BID TO HALT CLOSURE OF CHILDREN’S CENTRES

A new attempt is being made to stop a plan to close most of Norfolk’s  children’s centres, including those at Diss and Harleston.

Opposition councillors will mount another bid to have the proposed closures suspended, at the county council meeting later this month.  They say the plans will fail to achieve suggested savings of £5 million and should have been discussed first by the children’s services committee.

They also want a consultation document to be made clearer for the public.

YOUNG DRIVER DIES ON MAIN ROAD CRASH

A teenage driver has died after her car left the road and hit a tree on the A140.

The accident happened near the Quaker Lane junction at Tasburgh, close to the Hempnall crossing.  The 17 year old girl is said to have been driving towards Diss at the time.

INQUEST OPENS ON STABBING DEATH

An inquest on an elderly woman stabbed to death at her home in a South Norfolk village has been adjourned until early January.

The inquest opened in Norwich on 76 year old Frances Hubbard. She suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident, at Churchill Place in Brooke last month.

A man in his 80s, believed to be her husband, Michael, has been detained under the Mental Health Act. Police are continuing inquiries.

NEW JOINT M.D. TO BE APPROVED

The first managing-director to run both South Norfolk and Broadland councils should be formally approved later today.

Trevor Holden will be confirmed in the job at a joint meeting of the two authorities at County Hall in Norwich.  He’s due to take up the appointment in the New Year, with the two councils’ current chief executives leaving their jobs.

EQUIPMENT LEFT ON RAIL TRACK

Network Rail has admitted that a small piece of engineering equipment was left behind on the main Norwich to London railway line near Diss earlier this year, before being hit by a train.

The incident happened at Burston Crossing in July, causing services to be disrupted for a few hours, while the line was checked and the train recovered.  The Rail Investigation Branch says that they looked at the incident, but it was ‘comparatively minor’ with no injuries and little damage to the train.

ED MAY ADD ANOTHER SUFFOLK SHOW

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran may be adding another date to his list of concerts in his home county next year.

It’s thought that he’ll now perform a fourth open-air show at Chantry Park in Ipswich in August.  The extra date has still to be officially confirmed, with tickets still available for the third show.

CITY’S WINNING RUN COMES TO A HALT

Norwich City’s winning run came to an end last night, after a 1-1 draw at Derby County.  City failed to make it five consecutive wins when the home side scored an equaliser late in the game.   Timm Klose had opened the scoring earlier in the second half.

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