LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 10/02/2020
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 16 February, 2020
TOWN POST OFFICE CLOSED
The main post office in Diss has been closed because of damage caused by yesterday’s storms.
The building was regarded as too dangerous to open to the public, because of loose roof tiles above the entrance. The post office on Market Place has been cordoned off for safety reasons.
RECOVERY AFTER STRONG WINDS
The Waveney Valley has been recovering after the very strong winds that swept across the region, causing damage to property, disruption to travel and faults with overhead electricity lines.
Winds of around 70 miles an hour were recorded at Lakenheath, whilst the highest gust at Tibenham was 59 miles an hour. Thousands of properties in Norfolk and Suffolk were hit by power cuts throughout yesterday, as engineers worked flat out to restore power supplies.
Some pubs and restaurants were hit by a power cut at the busy Sunday lunchtime period, with numerous cancellations. Greater Anglia say that trains had to run at reduced speeds, with delays and some cancellations. All Sunday tickets are being accepted on trains today. A number of minor roads locally were blocked by falling trees.
The winds are expected to continue until Tuesday evening, but gusts will only reach around 40 to 50 miles an hour.
STORE TO STAY OPEN
The Beales department store in Diss is remaining open.
The company’s administrators say there are no plans to close 11 of the company’s 23 stores, including Diss and Beccles, which will continue to operate normally. The Market Place store is not included on a list of 12 outlets which will close down in a few weeks.
BLUES DROP OUT OF TOP SIX
Ipswich Town have dropped out of the top six in League One, after their third defeat in a row. The Blues went down by the only goal of the game at Sunderland and now lie seventh, out of the play-off places.
HARLESTON MOVE UP
Harleston Town have moved back up to third place in the Anglian Combination Premier division. A Scott Roberts goal was enough to ensure a tight one-nil win at home to seventh-placed Mattishall.
There was also a good win for Scole United, as they got the better of top-five side Beccles, with a 2-1 home win. The goals came from Dunkinson and Riches, who was also sent off.
CLOSE AWAY WIN FOR FIRSTS
Diss rugby club first team returned to winning ways with a close away victory at Saffron Walden. There was just one point in it at the end, with Diss winning 26-25.