LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 9/10/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 11 October, 2018
COMMUNITY GROUPS SPOT 300 SPEEDING DRIVERS
More than 300 drivers have been caught speeding in South Norfolk last month.
The 324 offences were detected by Community Speed Watch volunteer groups on roads with 30 and 40 mile-an-hour limits. Drivers will be sent a letter by police with speed awareness advice.
There are 17 Speed Watch groups operating in South Norfolk currently, with another 53 around the county.
TRIBUTES FOR TEENAGER AFTER ROAD CRASH
Tributes have been made to a Diss teenager, who was killed in an accident while driving on the A140 last week.
17 year old Shannon Gittings, of Shelfanger Road, died when her car left the road and collided with a tree. Hundreds of people have been paying their respects on the teenager’s Facebook account, including her parents in an emotional message.
The accident happened near the Hempnall crossing at Tasburgh, on a stretch of the A140, which people living nearby have said should be improved. An inquest has been adjourned until March 6th when a full hearing will take place.
NATIONAL AWARD FOR CYCLING EVENT
A major cycling event in the Diss area has been given a national award.
The Diss Cyclathon has topped the competition for the best cycling event, in Cycling UK’s Volunteer awards. The cyclathon this summer saw over a thousand people travel around local roads and lanes on two wheels.
The event’s raised over £30,000 for local causes, since it started three years ago.
SOUTH NORFOLK’S PUB OF THE YEAR
This year’s pub of the year in South Norfolk is the White Lion at Wheatacre.
The award comes a year after it was re-opened by landlord Jay Meades, who’s never run a pub before. He wins a prize of £500 for a community event.
There were awards again for the Crown at Burston, for community focus, and Netherton House in Long Stratton, for being the most family-friendly. Over 1,000 votes were received in the competition, run by South Norfolk council.
SUMMER BACK…FOR A TIME
It looks like summer is on its way back….for a short time, at least.
Forecasters are predicting that the temperature may get up to 24 degrees locally tomorrow…if so, it’ll be the warmest October day in this area for 40 years.
Then, after a cooler few days, it’ll return to the twenties at the weekend, but not quite so warm as Wednesday.
CITY CHIEF TO LEAVE THE CLUB
Football…and it’s been confirmed that Norwich City’s managing-director Steve Stone is leaving the club, in a surprise move a few weeks before the club’s annual meeting.
He’s been at Carrow Road for about three years, originally joining as finance director. His duties are being now taken on by a new executive committee in a re-structuring of the club set-up.