LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 8/3/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 8 March, 2018
SENTENCES HANDED DOWN IN CANNABIS FACTORY CASE
Two Vietnamese men have been jailed for eight months each for their involvement in a large cannabis factory on an industrial estate at Tharston.
The two accused men aged 51 and 30 admitted looking after hundreds of cannabis plants at a disused unit in Santareen Road.
The court in Norwich heard that the ‘sophisticated’ cannabis factory had been found following good police work by local Sergeant, Neil Williams who had followed the smell of the plants to the unit.
The factory was one of the biggest found in the area and others involved in the enterprise in a more senior way were not appearing in court.
FLOOD ALERTS ISSUED
Flood alerts have been issued for the River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove to Ellingham…including Bungay.
The Environment Agency says that river levels are high…with unsettled weather on the way. Some minor flooding is likely with heavy rain now expected for the area.
LOCAL BREW BEST IN REGION
A beer brewed near Harleston has been chosen as the best in the region.
The Campaign for Real Ale has given the overall gold award for East Anglia…..to Slate, which is produced by the Grain brewery in Alburgh.
The champion draught-porter beer will now go forward to the national competition run by CAMRA.
Diss Rugby Club is marking its 60th anniversary this year by unveiling new floodlights at its ground in Roydon.
The lights have cost the club just over £50,000 to set up with about half of the cost coming from funding by the Rugby Football Union.
There have been several major improvements in recent years at the club’s Mackenders ground in Bellrope Lane.
Next up are plans to extend car parking facilities there .and to hold a major fund-raising ball in May..