LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 8/2/2018

Written by on 8 February, 2018

FUTURE OF NORFOLK HOTEL AND RESTAURANT DISCUSSED

Talks are taking place to discuss the future of a Norfolk hotel and restaurant badly damaged by fire earlier this week.

The Breckland Lodge, on the A11 near Attleborough, has had to close following the major fire, but the owners say they are planning to re-build and carry on with the business.

It’s hoped to decide next week on a possible re-opening.

The hotel building escaped with little damage, but the restaurant and coffee lounge areas were both destroyed.

An inquiry into the cause of the fire is on-going.

MP ASKING GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

A Suffolk MP is calling on the county’s police force to be reimbursed for the cost of the search for missing airman Corey McKeague.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous says the Government should re-pay the £2.5 million that Suffolk Police has spent on the inquiry as quickly as possible.

He says that the prolonged search was a correct decision but the unexpected event had affected the force’s annual budget.

CASH INJECTION FOR STOWMARKET CINEMA

Plans to spend around £3 million on expanding Stowmarket’s Regal Cinema are seen as a way of boosting tourism in the town.

Mid-Suffolk council leader Nic Gowrley says the funding is an investment in the future of Stowmarket.

It will create new jobs and should increase visitor spending by up to £1 million a year.

Mid Suffolk plans to spend £2 million on the project, starting next year as well as giving a loan of a million pounds to the town council for the work.

Planning permission is still needed for the project, including a new layout for the nearby Ipswich Street car park.

SCOTLAND POLICE CHIEF WITH LOCAL TIES RESIGNS

A former Chief Constable of Norfolk has resigned from his current job as police chief of Scotland.

Phil Gormley has handed in his resignation while on special leave during an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct which he denies.

Mr Gormley has taken the decision after about five months away from his job and he says it will allow the force to move on.

His contract was due to run out at the end of this year.

He was chief constable in Norfolk for three years until 2013.

DISCREPANCY IN AMBULANCE DELAY FIGURES

There’s new confusion over discrepancies in figures on ambulance delayS at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital.

The ambulance service says there were nearly 450 hand-over delays of more than 30 minutes at the Norwich hospital in the week before Christmas, but the hospital has reported only 36 cases.

The ambulance service says there have been extensive delays handing over patients at the N&N over the whole winter so far.

It’s reporting that 600 patients waited for over an hour to get into the hospital between Boxing Day and January 21st with another 12-hundred waiting between 30 minutes and an hour.

The hospital says it provides accurate data and has received the most arrivals of any hospital in the region…up to 180 a day.

A Norfolk MP, Clive Lewis says the discrepancy in the reported figures is concerning.

POLICE WARNING AFTER WOMAN LOSES THOUSANDS IN PHONE SCAM

A warning’s been issued by Suffolk Police after a woman lost £200,000 in a telephone scam.

The 60 year old woman lost the money from her savings after she was fooled into transferring the money from her account.

The scam caller claimed to be from a fraud department with her bank.

Police say the incident happened in Southwold but people elsewhere in the area are urged to be on their guard.

They say any cash transfers should only be done through people’s own branch.

LOCAL SPORT

Finally, Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan has announced that he’s retiring from international football.

Hoolahan has played more than 40 times for the Republic of Ireland.

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