LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 24/09/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 25 September, 2019
SKATE PARK TO STAY CLOSED FOR CLEAN-UP
A clear-up operation is to be carried out at the skateboard park in Eye this weekend.
A special meeting of town councillors has decided to keep the skate park closed for the time being, after complaints of anti-social behaviour there. Graffiti will be removed and the site in Magdalen Street cleaned up to ensure that it’s safe to use before any decision is taken on its future. The cost of fencing-off the park at the Community Centre is also being looked at.
The council took a decision to close it temporarily earlier this month. No decision about re-opening the site is now likely before next month.
TRAIN STAFF TO GET BODY CAMERAS
Staff on Greater Anglia trains are to be issued with body cameras.
It’s hoped that the cameras will help prevent assaults on conductors and other staff, as well as provide evidence for police when needed. The mini video-cameras are built in to a hi-tech badge worn by staff.
About eight staff members on board Greater Anglia trains are assaulted each month.
BURGLAR SENT TO PRISON FOR SCHOOL BREAK-IN
A burglar who broke into a school at Eye has been sent to prison for 12 months.
38 year old Ben Fehily was seen on CCTV with an accomplice breaking into a cash machine at Hartismere School in December. Damage amounted to £7,000. The court heard that Fehily, from Ipswich, needed money for a drug habit at the time and that he had 91 previous convictions, but only one for burglary.
PLEA TO END FEEDING OF MERE’S PIGEONS
An aerial campaign is well underway in Diss to help keep the town centre streets clear of bird mess.
A trained falcon is to fly in the area three times a week for the coming year to deter pigeons from the area around Mere Street. A plea has also been made to people to stop feeding pigeons around Mere’s Mouth.