LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/08/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 21 August, 2019
SUFFOLK BREWERY AND PUB BUSINESS IN MAJOR SELL-OFF
One of Suffolk’s biggest businesses looks set to be sold.
The Greene-King brewery concern is expected to change hands in a deal worth about £2.7 billion. The company’s directors have unanimously recommended acceptance of the offer from the Hong Kong
multi-national, CK Asset Holdings, which is owned by the former colony’s richest family. They already own Superdrug and the Three mobile phone company in this country.
Shareholders of the 220-year-old beer and pubs business, based in Bury St Edmunds, will vote on the deal later this year. The company owns over 2,500 pubs, hotels and restaurants.
POLICE RELEASE A MAN QUESTIONED OVER PARK ASSAULT
Police have released a man on bail pending further inquiries into a serious assault in Diss town centre at the weekend.
The man was taken in for questioning about an attack on a homeless person in Diss Park on Saturday night. He’s now on bail until September 11th on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm to a 32 year-old man, who’s been camping on the park.
The victim is in hospital with serious head and face injuries after an attack with a metal tool. He’d been living in a tent on a grassy part of the park near the Mere for several weeks, after being moved on from camping close to retirement homes in the town.
He’d been allowed to stay on the park by Diss town council and police, but temporary accomodation has now been found for him in Ipswich. Efforts are continuing to find him a permanent place to stay.
CONSULTATION PLANNED FOR NEW CARE HOME PROJECT
A public consultation is to take place next week into plans to build a new care home in Diss.
The development is proposed for land off Nelson Road and would include about 80 one and two bedroom flats. The consultation will take place at the Diss Youth and Community Centre on Wednesday, August 28th.
TINY CHAPEL SET TO BE KNOCKED DOWN
The former Bethel chapel in Diss looks set for demolition.
The chapel was one of Norfolk’s smallest places of worship, after being set up in an old World War Two army hut in Victoria Road. Now, plans have been submitted to build three new homes on the site, after the chapel was closed last December as attendances fell.
TOWN SIGN NEW WINGER ON LOAN
Ipswich Town have added another player to the squad. Cyprus international winger Anthony Giorgiou has joined on loan from Tottenham until January. The Blues are in action against AFC Wimbledon at Portman Road tonight.
Locally, Diss Town are at home to Framlingham, while there’s a local derby in the Anglian Combination, as Harleston travel to Scole United.