LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 17/7/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 17 July, 2018
HOT AND DRY SPELL SET TO CONTINUE
Weather forecasters say the long hot and dry spell is set to continue.
After the driest June since 1962, July is shaping up to go the same way….with now little sign of any rain on the way locally, apart from light showers in a few places.
Parts of Norfolk have seen no rain since June 9th…and last month brought about 10 per cent of normal rainfall.
There is a chance of showers on Saturday, but this is unsure at present.
Meanwhile, fire crews from stations around South Norfolk were called to a field fire at Redgrave yesterday afternoon.
The blaze broke out in open countryside at Fen Street, but was brought under control.
JURY TO RETIRE IN WIFE MURDER CASE
The jury is expected to retire later today to consider a verdict in the case of a former Suffolk county councillor, accused of killing his wife.
64 year old Stephen Searle denies murdering his wife by suffocating her……at their home in Stowmarket last December.
The court has heard that Searle phoned police to tell them he had killed his wife after he’d had an argument about an affair with his daughter-in-law.
Searle claims his wife, Anne had stabbed him with a steak knife and he had tried to disarm her.
The judge is expected to sum up the six-day trial at the start of this morning’s hearing.
FAST-GROWING ECONOMIES LEAD THE WAY
A new report shows that Ipswich and Norwich are among the fastest growing city economies in the country.
The report by the UK Powerhouse study puts Ipswich in second place, after Cambridge, in the first quarter of the year for the value of goods and services produced.
Norwich came fifth in the national rankings list, close behind.
KEEPER SIGNS THE DEAL AT PORTMAN ROAD
Football…..Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has finally signed a new deal with the club.
The Poland international has agreed a three-year contract….with the option of another year.
He had agreed the extension months ago, but has now formally signed the paperwork, after the club apparently rejected several bids for the player.