LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 8/10/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 9 October, 2018
INQUEST OPENS ON TEENAGER WHO DIED IN ROAD CRASH
An inquest has opened on a teenager from Diss, who was killed in a road accident last week.
17 year old Shannon Ann Gittings, of Shelfanger Road, died when her car left the road and collided with a tree. It happened while she was driving on the A140 near Quaker Lane, at Tasburgh, on a stretch of road which people living nearby say should be improved.
The hearing was adjourned until March 6th when a full inquest will take place.
Hundreds of people have paid their respects on the teenager’s Facebook account, including her parents in an emotional message.
SERIOUS ACCIDENTS ON THE ROADS CONTINUE TO CAUSE CONCERN
Police say that the number of serious accidents on the roads of Norfolk and Suffolk is continuing to cause concern.
Latest figures show that 418 people died or were seriously hurt in Norfolk during 2017, including 30 fatalities…..higher than any year since 2010. The number of incidents rose to 2,463….a slight increase on the previous year.
In Suffolk, more people died in road accidents compared to Norfolk…a total of 33 last year. However, the number of incidents dropped by 11% to 2,139. The number of people with serious injuries also fell slightly to 265.
TOWN CENTRE CCTV CAMERAS OUT OF ACTION
It’s been revealed that nine CCTV security cameras in Diss town centre are out of action at the moment.
According to the Diss Express, the cameras are not operating, because of technical issues…..and problems with the contractor. It’s understood that Diss town council is now looking to appoint a new firm to oversee the cameras.
The situation came to light when it was found that there was no CCTV evidence available, after a woman had her credit card stolen in Mere Street. It was taken from her handbag, while she was taking care of her elderly mother, who’d suffered a fall in the street. Police say they’re still investigating the incident.
NATIONAL AWARD FOR DISS CYCLATHON
A major cycling event in the Diss area has been given a national award.
The Diss Cyclathon has topped the competition for the best cycling event, in Cycling UK’s Volunteer awards. The event attracted over a thousand people to cycle around local roads and lanes this summer. It’s raised over £30,000 for local causes since being started three years ago.
CONCERN OVER PAYMENTS DUE TO CREDITORS
Concerns are being raised about payments due to creditors of Banham Poultry, following its sale to a Derbyshire company late last week.
The sale to Chesterfield Poultry has saved 1,000 jobs at the Banham and Attleborough sites, but the pre-pack administration deal means that Banham’s assets have been moved to a new company, leaving behind any debts of the former business.
The N.F.U says the sale is welcome news for its farmer members, but will be asking for details on payments owed to them as suppliers. The company says there will be some money to pay creditors, but it’s not likely to cover all the money due.
RETURN OF SUMMER…..FOR A SHORT TIME
It looks like summer is on its way back….for a short time at least.
Forecasters are predicting that the temperature may get up to 24 degrees locally on Wednesday…the warmest day of the week….and then after a cooler few days, return to the twenties at the weekend.
TOWN FINALLY BREAK THEIR DUCK
Football….and Ipswich Town have finally chalked up their first win of the season.
They stay in the bottom three, but will be hoping that the 3-2 away win against Swansea City will see an improvement in results to help them start to climb the table, after the international break.
There was disappointment for Norwich City as their eight-game unbeaten run was ended by an own goal.
They went down at Carrow Road against Stoke City by the only goal of the game, dominating play and missing several chances to equalise. City are still well placed though, just below the top six on goal average.
DISS TOWN INTO THE LAST 16
Diss Town have gone through to the last 16 of the Norfolk Senior Cup.
They won their second round tie at home against lower league team, Hindringham 3-0, with all the goals coming in the last half-hour. The draw is on Friday evening.