LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 05/07/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 5 July, 2019
POLICE AND FIRE IN NORFOLK NOW SHARE JOINT CONTROL ROOM
Police and fire services in Norfolk are working closer together from this week, with the two services sharing a central control room.
Emergency operators from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are now jointly located in the command centre at the county’s Police headquarters at Wymondham. It’s the latest development in plans which have already seen the re-location of the fire and rescue analysts team and senior management team..
The move aims to provide a more-joined up approach between the two organisations to deliver an improving service while also achieving savings.
HOSPITALS HAVE TO PAY FOR SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
Hospitals in Norfolk have spent more than half a million pounds on special equipment for obese patients over the last five years. About a quarter of the total was spent by the Norfolk and Norwich hospital trust.
Spending has especially increased in the last few years on items such as reinforced beds, wider commodes, walking frames and recliner chairs. About a quarter of people in the county are said to be obese.
In the four years to 2017, there was an increase of 80 per cent in hospital admissions, where obesity was the main or secondary diagnosis.
INQUIRY FOLLOWS MAJOR FIRE
An inquiry is underway after a major fire at Botesdale.
Crews from nine local fire stations in Norfolk and Suffolk were called out, when fire swept through a large metal-framed chicken shed in Finningham Road on Wednesday afternoon. The roof of the building collapsed in the blaze but no animals were inside at the time.
WARNING OVER FAKE BANK NOTES
A warning’s gone out about counterfeit bank notes being used in Norfolk.
Polie say the £50 fake Scottish notes have been used in various towns in the county recently, including Diss. They’re urging retailers to be vigilant and to use UV pencils or testing pens to check the money is genuine.
CANARIES BAG NEW KEEPER
Norwich City have made their fourth signing of the close season. Goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann has joined on a season-long loan from top German side, Schalke.