LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 1/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 1 May, 2018
DRIVER RESCUED FROM FLOODWATERS
A van driver has had to be rescued by firemen after his vehicle got stuck in floodwater around a ford at Shotesham.
A water rescue team waded into the water in Mill Lane at Shotesham St Mary this morning to help the delivery driver on to dry land.
The vehicle has since been recovered, but police are advising motorists to use an alternative route…..and to avoid the ford for the time being.
RAPID CHARGING POINTS COULD BE COMING TO THE A11, A12 AND A14
A series of rapid charging points for electric cars could soon be put along three major roads in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Highways England has agreed in principle to provide the funds for the charging points at 20-mile distances on the A14, A11 and A12…….following an approach from local councils in the two counties.
A final decision will be made in June by Highways England, which wants to see the points on all main roads in the next two years.
BUNGAY PLANE CRASH DEATH INQUEST OPENS
An inquest has opened on a man who died in the crash of a small aircraft near Bungay.
84 year old John Marshall, a military aircraft enthusiast from Leicestershire, was killed instantly, when the plane hit a tree and burst into fire near Hardwick airport while he was on a special flight bought by his sons for his birthday.
The pilot from Eye, Maurice Hammond survived the crash in October 2016, but suffered a broken neck and has no memory of the incident.
It happened as the plane came into land, but banked inches from the ground, before climbing at an angle away from the airfield, when a wing clipped the tree.
58 year old Mr Hammond was found on fire and slumped in his seat. He remained in a coma for several weeks.
The jury heard that the plane’s systems and engine were working correctly.
Mr Hammond had shown “good judgement” in a case of a number of effects coming together to make it difficult to maintain directional control and gain height in the available space.
ONE CAR CRASH IN TIBENHAM
Two people have been freed from a car that crashed in Tibenham yesterday evening.
Firemen had to rescue the driver and passenger from the vehicle in Long Row.
No other car was involved. The road was closed for over two hours.
SOUTH NORFOLK HOUSE PRICES RISE BY FOUR PERCENT
House prices in South Norfolk have gone up just over percent four per cent in the past year.
But the latest figures issued show that prices in the area and also in Norfolk overall stayed level or fell slightly during February.
However, the average home owner in the county has seen an increase in property value of about £63,000 over the last five years.
FORMER SOLDIER TO BE HONOURED
A former soldier from Scole will receive his award as Honorary Freeman of Diss this evening.
A double amputee, Duncan Slater will be presented with the freedom of the town at Diss council’s annual meeting.
He’s the first person to be awarded the title following the Royal Anglian Regiment.
This year’s Honoured and Junior Good Citizens awards will also be presented at the meeting.
It takes place in the United Reformed Church, from 6pm and it’s open to all town residents.
Football…and Diss Town play their final match of the season tonight. They are away at Debenham L.C. and will hope to continue their recent run of good form.