LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/3/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 20 March, 2018
ARRESTS IN HOPTON BREAK-IN
Three people from Essex have been arrested after a break-in at a convenience store in Hopton….and a similar incident elsewhere in Suffolk at Great Cornard.
The three were arrested near Braintree a few hours after the two burglaries took place.
A window was smashed to get into the Hopton store in Thelnetham Road and a quantity of cigarettes were stolen.
SAVINGS FOLLOWING DISTRICT COUNCIL HEADQUARTERS MOVE
A decision to move Mid Suffolk council’s headquarters to Ipswich is said to be paying off.
The council joined together with neighbouring Babergh council in merging staff and offices last year.
They’ve set up new offices in the county council’s building in Ipswich with a customer access point in Stowmarket for Mid Suffolk.
It’s hoped the move will save the two district councils nearly £6 million over the next decade.
There’s been no agreement yet on establishing a single authority with a referendum a few years ago in Mid Suffolk voting to retain separate councillors.
INTEGRATION OF SUFFOLK POLICE AND FIRE STATIONS CONTINUES
A move is continuing to integrate joint facilities for police and fire services around Suffolk.
Eight stations shared by police and fire have already been set up including at Debenham and Framlingham with others opening soon, including Beccles this July.
The move is seen as a way to improve working efficiency and save public money with the county’s ambulance service also looking at joining the programme.
POLICE SUPPORT CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM
Norfolk and Suffolk police are supporting a national campaign against terrorism.
The campaign is aimed at saving lives by asking people to report any suspicious activity and behaviour.
Police say everyone has a part to play in preventing terrorist attacks and any information however small can help.
LOCAL ARTIST FEATURED AT TOP LONDON GALLERY
An artist from Diss is to have one of her works put on show at a top art gallery in London.
Her linoprint image will go on show at Mall Galleries for ten days starting from tomorrow.
The work by Deborah Vass shows a heron at the bottom of her garden in Denmark Street and was selected by a panel of experts from 1,500 entries to go on view with other items by the country’s best artists.
SIXTH FORM PUPILS RAISE RECORD AMOUNT FOR CHARITY
A week of fund raising by sixth form pupils at Diss High School in December has resulted in a record-breaking success.
The youngsters raised over £6,500 which has been presented to two charities: East Anglian Children’s Hospices and Home-Start.
The pupils chose the charities and planned and organised a series of fund-raising events.