LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 08/10/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 9 October, 2019
DISS MAN ARRESTED AFTER SERIES OF FARMLAND FIRES
A man has been arrested, after a series of fires on farmland in South Norfolk recently.
The man, who’s said to come from the Diss area, was detained on suspicion of criminal damage, causing arson without endangering life. Police say that he’s been released, pending further enquiries into the incidents at Bressingham and Kenninghall last week.
An arson inquiry was started, following the fires in Common Road and Kenninghall Road at Bressingham and in Fersfield Road, at nearby Kenninghall, within the space of a week. Tonnes of straw and storage buildings were destroyed in the incidents.
The man, who’s in his 20s, was also arrested for possessing cannabis.
CALL FOR LOWER SPEED LIMIT ON WINDING MAIN ROAD
There’s a call for a lower speed limit on a stretch of main road on the outskirts of Diss, after the recent death of a cyclist there.
46 year old Kenneth Cobourne, from Banham, was killed in a collision with a van, near a series of bends on the B1077 Shelfanger Road. Local district councillor James Easter and county councillor Beverley Spratt say the speed limit on the winding section of road should be dropped from 60 to 30 miles an hour.
The cause of the accident, on the evening of September 13th, is still being investigated.
LANDLORD CALLED ON TO SELL FORMER VILLAGE PUB
It looks like a former village pub could still be opened as a community enterprise.
The owner of the historic Kings Head pub at Pulham St. Mary is being encouraged to sell the building. The Grade 2 listed pub closed down 12 years ago and landlord Graham Scott says a planning stalemate over the years is causing him financial problems.
Local parish councillor Clayton Hudson says the pub should be put on the market for a ‘realistic’ price, as the council is still interested in buying it for the community. A previous offer by the council in 2016 failed after a disagreement on price.
Mr Scott has also recently issued an official notice on South Norfolk Council to purchase the 16th century building.
TEENAGERS ARRESTED FOR LEAD THEFT
Two teenage boys have been arrested by South Norfolk police, after an attempt to steal lead roofing.
The boys were detained on suspicion of theft, after being caught stripping the lead off the roof of a public building in Long Stratton. Investigations are continuing into the incident in Swan Lane on Sunday evening.
PRAISE FOR COUNTY FIRE SERVICE
Norfolk’s fire and rescue service has been praised for the way it dealt with flooding problems around the county this weekend.
The service said that it received about 400 more calls than on a normal day due to the heavy rainfall on Sunday. County council leader Andrew Proctor said the way that the service responded was ‘magnificent’ in a difficult situation.
There was also support for the direct contact between fire and police services after a recent decision to share one control centre.
POLICE IN NEW ROADSIDE CHECKS OPERATION
Police have carried out another roads crackdown in Diss town centre.
Seven people have been reported for various offences and one vehicle was seized for being in a dangerous condition. Officials from South Norfolk council were also involved in the operation last Friday in Victoria Road.