LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/3/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 28 March, 2018
SUSPECT CHARGED WITH STRADBROKE BREAK-IN
An 18-year-old man has been charged in connection with a burglary this week at a convenience shop in Stradbroke.
The man, James Hamilton from Chelmsford, was arrested in connection with a burglary at a shop in Essex and then also questioned about the Stradbroke robbery.
He’s been remanded in custody on charges of aggravated burglary in the two incidents and also possession of an offensive weapon, an axe, at the break-in at the Spar shop in Stradbroke.
A masked gang of four smashed their way into the village shop with sledgehammers and axes.
Police say that enquiries are continuing.
HARLESTON SHOPOWNER CLOSED DOWN AFTER ROBBERY
A Harleston shop owner says he decided to close his business after being threatened with a knife during a robbery at the shop last year.
The owner, Peter Lawrence was working alone at Harleston Racing at a betting shop in The Thoroughfare when he was confronted by the robber wearing a balaclava and holding an eight-inch meat knife.
The robber, 30 year old Dion Carr is now serving an 11 year jail sentence; he’d escaped with over £6,000 from the shop.
Two people who chased after him were commended by the judge.
DECISION EXPECTED ON RETAIL UNITS
South Norfolk councillors are to decide whether to approve plans for new retail units on a supermarket car park in Diss later today.
The proposal is for four small shops, a car wash and tyre service area on land next to the Morrisons store in Victoria Road.
The plan has caused some concern locally including a reduction in parking spaces and the possible effect on other businesses in the town.
NEW HOME FOR DEMENTIA CAFE
A new home has been found for the dementia cafe run by Age UK Norfolk in Diss.
The monthly get-together meetings will now take place at the town’s United Reformed Church starting from April 11th.
DISS TOWN COUNCIL TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING
Diss Town council is to hold its annual town meeting again this year.
The event will take place at the United Reformed Church on Tuesday evening, May 1st.
It’s open to anyone living in the town giving an opportunity to find out what’s been happening in Diss over the year and to network with local organisations and groups.
WARNING OVER COUNTERFEIT NOTES
A warning’s gone out to local shopkeepers about fake £20 notes.
The notes which are said to be convincing copies are said to have been used in various places on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, including Harleston, Halesworth, Bungay and Framlingham.
Football….and Diss Town have ended a run of eight games without a win. Their 4-2 away victory against a young Needham Town reserve side, that’s bottom of the table, was their first since before Christmas.
Meanwhile, former Ipswich Town manager Bobby Ferguson has died at the age of 80. There’ll be a minute’s applause for him before the start of Town’s home game on Monday.