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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 6/8/2018

Written by on 6 August, 2018

SCHOOL EXCLUSIONS IN SUFFOLK UP 50% OVER FIVE YEARS

The number of exclusions at schools in Suffolk is continuing to increase.

Latest figures show that more than 4,650 fixed period and permanent exclusions were handed out during the year 2016-17 at a rate of 4.6 per 100 children.

That shows a rise of over 50 per cent since 2012-13 in the county’s primary and secondary schools.

A spokesman for the N.U.T has blamed the rise in the exclusion rate on the increasing number of academies introduced in recent years.

CAMPAIGN TARGETS SPEEDERS IN NORFOLK

Police in Norfolk have launched another week-long campaign targeting speeding drivers.

It’s part of a Europe-wide campaign until next Sunday, with police carrying out an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.

17 people have died so far this year on Norfolk roads….and police are keen to keep the total of fatalities down.

CURRENT SPELL OF HOT WEATHER COMING TO AN END

Parts of Norfolk and Suffolk are expected to be among the hottest parts of Britain over the next two days with temperatures reaching about 30 degrees.

Thunderstorms are likely tomorrow night, after which the temperature is expected to drop back to average levels for the time of year.

REPORTED TEEN SEXUAL ASSAULT IN BUNGAY

Police have launched an inquiry after a reported sexual assault on a teenage boy in Bungay.

The boy is said to have been pushed into some bushes while walking in Castle Lane on Saturday evening, but the attacker ran off when the boy’s friends were heard approaching.

Police are asking for anyone who was in Castle Lane and other alleyways between 8 and 11pm on Saturday to contact them.

MP SUPPORTS CANNABIS FOR MEDICAL USE

Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has supported a decision to make cannabis available on prescription for medical reasons.

Former doctor Mr Poulter says that he has been pushing the issue for some time as it was clear that a change in the law was long overdue.

He says the use of medicinal cannabis is about improving the quality of life for patients….and he welcomed the Home Secretary’s prompt decision after a review of the situation.

SPORT

Football…and Ipswich striker Martyn Waghorn is set to leave the club.

The club’s top scorer last season is now about to sign for Derby, after they matched a similar £5 million offer from Middlesborough.

The player says he prefers to go to the Midlands and is due to have a medical later today.

Town are now about to sign two players from Shrewsbury centreback Toto Nsiala and midfielder Jon Nolan for a total of £2 million and are also still interested in adding Accrington striker, Kayden Jackson to the squad.

At the weekend, both Ipswich and Norwich City started the season with 2-all draws.

Onel Hernandez scored both for City in the game at Birmingham, while Town also scored an injury-time equaliser through new signing Tayo Edun in a 1-1 home draw against Blackburn.

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