LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 8/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 8 May, 2018
STOP AND SEARCH NUMBERS DRAMATICALLY DECLINE
Fewer people were stopped and searched by police in Norfolk last year.
The total fell dramatically to 1,265 incidents compared to more than double that number of searches in 2016.
Police say that stop and search is still a vital tool but that only 12 percent of stops lead to a court appearance.
A change in tactics by police to catch offenders, especially involving drugs, has also been taking place.
MORE SCHOOL GOVERNORS NEEDED
A major need for more school governors has been revealed in Suffolk.
A report shows that there are more than 375 vacancies for school governors in the county’s 149 local authority schools.
It’s now hoped to attract more people from all walks of life to join governor boards, including school staff members, parents and people with experience in industries such as law, finance and human resources.
HISTORIC MANOR FOR SALE
A 17th century manor house in South Norfolk has been put on sale for a guide-price of £1.85 million pounds.
Morningthorpe Manor near Long Stratton was the home of historian Ron Fiske for 25 years until 2015.
He died recently and the building has now been refurbished.
Only a small part of the original house still remains.
LOCAL FIRST WORLD WAR SOLDIERS FEATURED IN NEW BOOK
A new book is being written about more than 50 men from the Diss area, who died in the First World War.
The book is being written by social historian Helen Kennett, formerly from Harleston, who has been looking into the lives of the 54 men whose names were missing from the War Memorial at St Mary’s church in Diss for many years.
The group of 54 servicemen were connected to the town’s Baptist Church and their names were added to the memorial in 2014.
It’s hoped that the book, as yet untitled, will be released in the next month or so.
BANK HOLIDAY TEMPERATURES SOAR
Norfolk and Suffolk have enjoyed one of the hottest May Bank holiday weekends on record.
The temperature went past the previous high for a May bank holiday Monday but was below the all-time high for the weekend.
The hot sun and high temperatures should continue for another day at least but drop to average or just below average later in the week.
LOCAL LANDSCAPERS TAKE PART IN GARDENERS WORLD FINAL
Two garden landscapers from Harleston have made it through to the final of a national competition on television.
Jacob Botting and Harvey Miller from Bespoke Outdoor Spaces in Wortwell will take part in the final of the BBC Gardeners World young landscapers contest later this month.
The two will be in competition against a pair from north-east England to build a challenging show garden.
BOWLS TOURNAMENT RAISES MILLIONS FOR CHARITY
More than £2 million has been raised for charity at an annual bowls tournament in Diss.
The funds will be going to MacMillan cancer support from the tournament, organised by insolvency practitioners, McTear, Williams and Woof.
The event now in its tenth year featured a total of 12 teams at Diss bowls club.