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  This article appeared in The Diss Express on 2 May 2008

A month of hellos and fond farewells

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon brings Diss Express readers up to date with some of his recent work in the community


I am very pleased that South Norfolk now has its own senior police officer – and one who was born and raised in the area.
I got the impression when I met him recently that Superintendent Paul Sanford is a man to get things done. He told me that although South Norfolk has a relatively low crime rate, he has set a target of a 5 per cent reduction in crime over the next year and he is keen to increase crime detection rates.

Working with Supt Sanford are four Inspectors who he describes as “local, identifiable leaders”. Inspector Ed Brown, with whom I went out on patrol last year, is now covering the Diss, Long Stratton and Harleston areas.

WORKING TOGETHER: Richard Bacon MP and Superintendent Paul Sanford hope to make South Norfolk even safer

Richard Bacon MP and
 Superintendent Paul Sanford
hope to make South Norfolk
even safer

Supt Sanford sees his teams of PCSOs (police community support officers) as an invaluable resource. Along with neighbourhood police officers and sergeants, they are doing a great job in helping to nip unruly behaviour and vandalism in the bud.

Brian Clark-Taylor

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Brian Clark-Taylor, the former Mayor of Diss. Many tributes have been paid to Brian, all of them thoroughly deserved.

Brian worked tirelessly for the good of the town and the residents of South Norfolk. He would often pop into my constituency office with updates on local matters, giving his own take on events which were perceptive and helpful. He could always be relied upon to take up issues with verve as well as discretion. I and my staff will miss him.

Scout Parade

I joined about 15 local Scout groups at the annual St George’s Day Parade, held recently in Dickleburgh.  I am always keen to support the Scout movement, which promotes strong ethical values in the young, such as service to others.

This year’s event, organised by 1st Dickleburgh Sea Scouts, was a splendid affair. Headed by the Gislingham Silver Band, the groups marched smartly passed the saluting base proudly carrying their flags and standards.

Jugglers and circus performers were waiting to greet the Parade at Townsland Meadow. An open air service followed, led by Southern Norfolk Scouts District Chaplain Ian Griffiths, which worked superbly.  I was particularly impressed with the fearsome-looking dragon, which was duly slain by St George. A great time was had by all.

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