LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 6/12/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 6 December, 2018
FOUR SOUTH NORFOLK MEN GET PRISON SENTENCES FOR CRIME SPREE
Four men from South Norfolk have been sentenced for their part in a criminal gang that carried out 200 burglaries around East Anglia.
Three of the men had admitted conspiracy to commit the burglaries that netted at least £1.5 million last year from homes and businesses, many in Norfolk and Suffolk.
42 year old John Eli Loveridge, described by the judge as a career criminal, was sent to prison for seven-and-a-half years and John Stanley Loveridge, aged 23, was jailed for six and-a-half years. Both are from Carleton Rode. 20 year old Charlie Albert Webb, from Newton Flotman, was given five years at a young offenders institute.
Long Stratton garage owner, Simon Oakley, of Hempnall, was given a total of nine years in prison on several charges. He was said in court to have been one of the leading members of the conspiracy. In all, the gang of 12 were given sentences totalling 70 years by the judge at Norwich.
NEW WARNING ON COLD-CALL SCAMMERS
There’s a warning about telephone cold-callers in Norfolk, pretending to be police officers.
At least five cases have been reported to police in the past week, including one incident in Diss. Police say that they’re concerned about the reports and urge the public to be vigilant, especially elderly people who are being targeted.
DISS CYCLATHON SET TO TAKE PLACE AGAIN
It’s been confirmed that the Diss Cyclathon will take place again next year.
The award-winning cycling event will return to the area in 2019 for the fourth year, with the date confirmed as June 23rd. The highlight will be the Nine Town Sportive, a ride that challenges cyclists to tackle 25, 50 or 100 miles around the country lanes in Norfolk and Suffolk. A selection of shorter family rides are also planned.
The Cyclathon was this year’s winner in the best cycling category of Cycling UK’s volunteer of the year awards.
TOWN DENY THE CLUB IS FOR SALE
Ipswich Town have strongly denied national newspaper reports that owner Marcus Evans has put the club up for sale. He was reported to want £35 million for the club….and any new owners would also have to take on the debt of £95 million.