LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/7/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 July, 2018
FORMER COUNCILLOR GETS LIFE FOR MURDER OF WIFE
A former Suffolk county councillor has been given a life sentence, after being found guilty of murdering his wife of more than 40 years.
The jury had spent well over three hours before returning a guilty verdict on 64-year-old Stephen Searle, who will serve a minimum term of 14 years.
The former UKIP councillor and Royal Marine had denied murdering his wife by suffocating her……at their home in Stowmarket last December.
The court had heard that Searle phoned police to tell them he had killed his wife, after he’d had an argument about an affair with his son’s partner.
NO HOSEPIPE BAN PLANNED BY ANGLIAN WATER
Anglian Water has confirmed that it has no plans to bring in any restrictions on its water supplies.
Weather forecasters say the long hot and dry spell is set to continue, but Anglian Water has repeated that it has no need to bring in a hosepipe ban, with its water reserves at what it calls “a healthy level”.
The company says that it has a long-term water management plan in place to store resources, with reservoir and groundwater stores, in some places, currently above average.
Parts of Norfolk have seen no rain since June 9th and last month saw about 10 per cent of normal rainfall.
Anglian Water say that people should continue to use their water supply carefully.
NOW SUFFOLK POLICE DECIDE TO CUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICERS
Suffolk Police is to follow the Norfolk force and cut its number of community support officers.
Over 30 of the current 80 or so P.C.S.O’s are set to be made redundant, but a hundred officers will be moved into Safer Neighbourhood teams.
Police say the move follows the public’s wish for more visible policing, although Unison, the union which represents the community officers, says it will mean fewer police on the streets.
A public consultation on the plan continues until the end of August with the measures due to come into force from October.
GRAND TOUR OF NORFOLK
All of Norfolk’s mayors and chairmen have taken part in a special tour of the county to celebrate its cultural heritage.
The Norfolk Grand Tour included all 7 districts on the day, stopping off for photos at 10 special places that showcase what the county has to offer, including Bressingham Steam Museum.
The Tour is part of the Norfolk Day celebration, promoted by Archant and BBC Radio Norfolk, later this month.
RE-TUNE ADVICE FOLLOWING TV TRANSMITTER WORK
Engineers have carried out more improvement work on the main television transmitter at Talconeston.
The advice is that people may now have to re-tune their sets to get the full list of Freeview channels.
The transmitter covers about 40,000 homes.
WINGER SIGNS ON FOR TOWN
Ipswich Town have signed Peterborough winger Gwion Edwards for an undisclosed fee.
It follows goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski re-signing for the club on a new three-year deal, with an extra one year’s option.
Meanwhile, former Norwich captain Russell Martin is said to be training with the club’s under-23 squad, before being sent out on loan.