LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 9/2/2018

Written by on 9 February, 2018

SERIOUS ACCIDENT NEAR OLD BUCKENHAM

A serious two-car collision has closed the main road between Diss and Attleborough, near Old Buckenham, for nearly five hours.

The accident happened on the B1077 around lunchtime…leaving wreckage of the vehicles across the carriageway.

Police blocked off the road between the B1134 Heath Road junction and the junction with Long Lane and Heath Road on the Winfarthing side of Old Buckenham near Boundary Farm.

Fire crews were also called out along with the Air Ambulance. Police say that the road has now been reopened.

One person, a 17 year old girl, is reported to have been taken to hospital and is now said to be in a critical condition.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AT IPSWICH HOSPITAL

As controversy continues over ambulance hand-over delays at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, Ipswich hospital has shown an improved performance during January.

New NHS figures show that 90 percent of patients were seen at the Suffolk hospital within the targetted four hours of arrival at the accident and emergency unit.

This was about 5 percent higher than the national figure, but Ipswich hospital says it is now working to achieve a daily level of 95 percent of patients.

AIR QUALITY GOOD ACROSS THE WAVENEY VALLEY

A new study on air quality has given a clean bill of health to the Waveney Valley area.
The national study shows that both South Norfolk and Mid Suffolk have a low chance of polluted air with a one-in-6 chance of nitrogen dioxide levels exceeding the annual legal limit.

SUFFOLK COUNCIL TAX SHARE TO RISE FIVE PERCENT

The increase in Suffolk county council’s share of council tax has been confirmed for next year at nearly five percent.

It means the county’s allocation of tax will go up by an average of about £45 including a two per cent rise for social care.

A move to spend more on subsidies for school bus services was defeated.

NORFOLK FIREARMS OFFENSES ON THE INCREASE

Firearms offences in Norfolk have increased over the last 10 years…but police say it is still one of the safest counties to live.

New figures show that there were 66 offences involving firearms in the county in the year to last March….compared to 43 in 2007-08.

It was the highest total for any year in the decade.

The number of offences also went up In Suffolk, from 38 to 63 last year.

The higher figures come at a time when violent crime is also on the increase.

TWO NEW SUPER COUNCILS FOR SUFFOLK

It looks like Suffolk will have two new so-called ‘super’ councils…next year.

The Government has approved plans for a merger between St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath district councils to become West Suffolk, while a new East Suffolk council will be formed by Waveney joining with Suffolk Coastal.

The two mergers still need to get the approval of Parliament.

Another council merger in Suffolk, between Mid Suffolk and Babergh, is still being discussed but with no agreement as yet.

LOCAL SPORT

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse has agreed a new deal with the club. He’s signed a new contract to keep him at Portman Road until the summer of 2020…with the option of another season after that.

Meanwhile, manager Mick McCarthy is now the bookies’ favourite to take the vacant job at fellow Championship club, Barnsley. He says that he has not been contacted about the vacancy at the rival Championship club and is continuing to prepare for next season at Ipswich.

Town are at home to bottom club, Burton Albion tomorrow

Norwich City travel to the Midlands to face second-placed Derby County.

City have Tom Trybull out for the rest of the season with ligament damage.

Maddison is included in the squad….but he’s unlikely to start.

Diss Town are in action tomorrow…they travel to play Holland F.C.

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