LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 3/9/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 4 September, 2018
POLICE INVESTIGATE ‘UNEXPLAINED’ DEATH OF A DISS WOMAN AT HOME
A police investigation is underway into the sudden death of a woman at a house in Diss at the weekend.
The woman’s body was found when officers went to the one-bedroom property in Whytehead Gardens on Saturday, after concern from neighbours. Crime scene officers have been examining the property and police continue to treat the death as “unexplained” until a post-mortem is carried out.
The woman has been named as Helen Pemberton, who was in her 60s and a retired accountant. She moved into one of a number of sheltered-housing bungalows for the over-50s in the street, off Victoria Road, last November.
AMBULANCE SERVICE CHIEF STEPS DOWN
The East of England Ambulance Service is looking for a new chief executive.
Robert Morton has said that he feels it is the right time to step down after three years in the job. His decision comes after the service experienced a difficult period recently with constant complaints about its performance, especially over the last winter.
There’s been mixed reaction to the announcement. Trust chairwoman Sarah Boulton says she’s ‘sad’ to see Mr Morton leave, but some staff and unions have welcomed the decision.
POLICE CLAMP DOWN ON STREET-RACERS
Action’s being taken to try to stop drivers street-racing in Diss.
Police say a number of warnings and notices have been issued for anti-social behaviour against drivers. The latest incident was on Saturday, with police warning they will continue to take action against drivers causing a nuisance or danger to other road users.
HUNDREDS MARCH TO MARK BURSTON SCHOOL STRIKE
Hundreds of people have marched through Burston to mark the longest strike in history.
The march by trade unionists from around the region followed a meeting on the village green. The speakers included Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and union leaders.
The strike at the village’s former school started in 1914, when two teachers lost their jobs, and continued for 25 years.
CHARITY CONCERT AT EYE BOOSTS APPEAL FOR TREATMENT FUNDS
A special charity concert in Eye at the weekend has raised over £4,000.
The concert was organised by local man, Lee Lucraft to help one of his favourite singers, Kenny Thomas, who now lives in Norwich. The singer has managed to raise over half of the £300,000 needed to pay for special treatment in Mexico for his five-year old daughter, who has inoperable cancer.
Kenny, whose hits in the 90s included “Outstanding”, was among those performing at the Eye community centre on Saturday…..along with Park Radio.
NEW MOVE LIKELY ON FLY TIPPING IN NORFOLK
A new move may be on the way to combat fly-tipping in Norfolk.
County councillors are to consider starting a new co-ordinated campaign against the problem, with the cost of clearing up dumped waste now over a million pounds a year. Committee chairman Martin Wilby says it’s shocking that most of the waste being tipped illegally around the county could be left at recycling centres for free.
The move comes a few months after the introduction of controversial fees for depositing some do-it-yourself waste at the centres.
IPSWICH-NORWICH ‘DERBY’ MATCH ENDS ALL-SQUARE
Norwich City and Ipswich Town head into the international break this week, after a 1-1 draw in yesterday’s East Anglian derby match at Portman Road.
The game left Town still looking for their first win of the season and also their first success against Norwich for eight years. Town, though, climb off the bottom of the Championship table, but still remain in the bottom three, whilst City are now in 17th place.
Norwich defender Timm Klose is said to have recovered from a blow to the head during the game, when he was substituted. He’s now expected to join up with the Switzerland team for this week’s international matches.
DISS GO OUT OF THE VASE
Diss Town are out of this year’s F.A. Vase competition. They were beaten 3-0 in their away tie against Eastern Counties premier division side, Walsham le Willows.