LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/12/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 December, 2019
CYCLIST DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER COLLISION
A cyclist has died in hospital, after being severely injured in a road accident at Garboldisham.
The man, in his 70s, was said to be in a critical condition, after being airflifted to Addenbrookes following a collision with a lorry. The accident happened on the B1114, at the junction with Kenninghall Road and East Harling Road, last Friday.
THREAT TO TOWN’S DEPARTMENT STORE
A department store chain, with a shop in Diss town centre, has been put up for sale.
Beales, which has a branch in Market Place, is reportedly looking to close several stores. The company, based in Bournemouth, has stores around the country. It’s in discussions with KPMG about its financial position in the current difficult trading conditions.
Beales also has a store in Beccles and owns the Palmers stores in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
ALL-CLEAR AFTER BIRD FLU CHECKS AT NEARBY FARMS
Checks have found no further trace of bird flu at poultry farms close to a recent outbreak of the disease, near Eye.
An investigation is now underway to identify the likeliest source of the outbreak at Homefield Farm in Athelington. Meanwhile, a cull of up to 28,000 broiler chickens is expected to be completed shortly at the farm.
ELDERLY MAN GIVEN HOSPITAL ORDER FOR KILLING HIS WIFE
A judge has imposed a hospital order on an elderly South Norfolk man for stabbing his wife of 50 years to death.
The court heard that 82 year old Michael Hubbard’s health had worsened, as a result of dementia, before he killed his wife, Frances at their home in Brooke last year. A police officer had to disarm him with a rubber bullet, as he stood over his wife’s body in the doorway, holding two blood-stained knives.
A one-day trial of the facts was held, as Hubbard had been found mentally unfit to stand a full trial.
STAFF UNION CRITICISES EXTRA HOLIDAY DECISION
A move to give the most senior staff at South Norfolk council extra holidays has come in for criticism.
The move will mean the council’s directors and assistant directors, and also their counterparts at Broadland council, will get 30 days off a year, while other staff have to start on five days less. The council workers’ union, Unison says the decision is unfair and all staff should receive the same allowance.
Meanwhile, councillors have agreed to brand the authority on-line as “South Norfolk and Broadland”, when the councils merge their IT and websites next year, despite one councillor calling it “a bit clunky”.