LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 5/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 5 February, 2018
POLICE CLOSE DISS TOWN CENTRE STREET
Police have closed off a busy town centre street in Diss this evening…while they deal with an incident in the area.
The Diss Express reports that police are concerned for the safety of a female.
The road has been closed for more than an hour now for both traffic and pedestrians.
PERSON HIT BY TRAIN
A person has died after being hit by a train between Norwich and Diss.
The line was blocked for a time this afternoon while emergency services dealt with the incident.
Trains are likely to be disrupted until about 7 this evening.
EMERGENCY AT NORWICH AIRPORT
There’s been a full emergency at Norwich Airport this morning when a plane…. carrying 26 passengers…..reported difficulties, shortly after take-off.
Fire crews and police were called out in an emergency operation…after the Loganair flight to Edinburgh reported a possible loss of flap control.
The plane was diverted to Stansted where it landed safely.
FALSE ALARM CALLS
Over three thousand false alarm calls were made between 2015/16 and 2016/17…..with over 900 so far in the current year, 2017-2018.
The service says it is working to reduce the false call-outs, mostly caused by automatic alarms which are often 20 to 30 years-old.
It’s thought the calls cost thousands of pounds a year, as well as causing unnecessary stress to fire crews.
FIFTH FATAL ACCIDENT IN NORFOLK THIS YEAR
Last week’s fatal car crash in South Lopham was the fifth road accident so far this year in Norfolk involving a death.
The accident in Church Lane involved two vehicles and police are still appealing for witnesses.
Four fatal crashes took place on Norfolk roads in January, whilst last year, there was a total of 32 fatal accidents in the county.
MEETING ON AMBULANCE SERVICE DELAYS
A follow-up meeting will be held in the next two weeks to assess the East of England ambulance service’s plans to reduce delays.
The plans follow a top-level NHS meeting last week to discuss delays which are said to have caused deaths and harm to patients over the Christmas period.
Extra crews are to be put on the road with more staff on duty at peak times….and hospitals told to take patients into emergency units quicker. It’s not clear how the measures will be paid for.
It looks like a week of wintry weather is on its way.
There will be showers of sleet and snow over the next few days…as well as a wind chill, with low temperatures which will go down to below freezing overnight.
A yellow warning is now in place until 9.30 tomorrow morning for a band of sleet and snow showers….and there may be heavier bursts of up to 4 centimetres of snow in places.
Ice is also expected to be a problem….with possible delays for travel.
BOXING COMES BACK TO DISS
Boxing is back in Diss…..and the show at the Corn Hall later this month is already a sell-out.
More than 200 tickets have sold within a few days…..which means a full house for the event.
The show’s been organised by two former boxers…one of them is Gareth Edwards, who runs the Progress Boxing and Fitness gym in Eye.
It will be the first time in over 30 years that boxing has taken place at the Corn Hall.
A second show is already lined up for Diss at another venue, later in the year.
Football….and after the weekend games, Ipswich and Norwich remain in mid-table in the Championship…………both are eight points off the play-offs.
Norwich beat Middlesboro 1-0 at Carrow Road and Town had a 2-0 away win at Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Diss Town failed to get back to winning ways….. as they suffered another home defeat, losing 3-2 to Norwich CBS.