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Joe Hadden is a reporter for both the Diss Express and Suffolk News, covering parts of Norfolk and Suffolk for his role.

Mental health hospital shut down following damning report

17 September 2021
Mental health hospital shut down following damning report

Mental health hospital shut down following damning report

17 September 2021

A mental health hospital has been shut down after a recent inspection brought to light a number of damning incidents of malpractice.


Shops warn of worse to come as hauliers struggle with driver shortage

17 September 2021
Shops warn of worse to come as hauliers struggle with driver shortage

Shops warn of worse to come as hauliers struggle with driver shortage

17 September 2021

Business owners have warned that disruptions to the food supply chain “will only get worse” if the current shortage of HGV drivers is not resolved.


More than a dozen crews called out to major fire incident

16 August 2021
More than a dozen crews called out to major fire incident

More than a dozen crews called out to major fire incident

16 August 2021

Crews were called on from across Norfolk and Suffolk to attend the incident


Rickinghall Church curator speaks moments after discovering possible Banksy

16 August 2021
Rickinghall Church curator speaks moments after discovering possible Banksy

Rickinghall Church curator speaks moments after discovering possible Banksy

16 August 2021

Watch footage of the moments after what may be an authentic Banksy was discovered at a Suffolk Church


Church discovers possible Banksy lying mysteriously on altar

15 August 2021
Church discovers possible Banksy lying mysteriously on altar

Church discovers possible Banksy lying mysteriously on altar

15 August 2021

A village church is on tenterhooks after discovering what appears to be an original Banksy left on an altar at a community art exhibition.


Slaughterhouse under spotlight again as video shows deformed and dying chickens

09 August 2021
Slaughterhouse under spotlight again as video shows deformed and dying chickens

Slaughterhouse under spotlight again as video shows deformed and dying chickens

09 August 2021

An poultry firm has found itself under the spotlight once again after footage was released showing chickens before being taken to its slaughterhouse.


'An evil thing to do': Residents' horror as root killer drilled into 25-year-old willow tree

06 August 2021
'An evil thing to do': Residents' horror as root killer drilled into 25-year-old willow tree

'An evil thing to do': Residents' horror as root killer drilled into 25-year-old willow tree

06 August 2021

Residents were almost brought to tears yesterday after discovering root killer plugs had been drilled into the base of a 25-year-old willow tree.


Activists find severed limb during inspection of trucks at poultry factory

31 July 2021
Activists find severed limb during inspection of trucks at poultry factory

Activists find severed limb during inspection of trucks at poultry factory

31 July 2021

The firm has promised to open an investigation after animal rights campaigners discovered processed chicken legs in crates with live animals.


Community fridge set up to tackle food waste

23 July 2021
Community fridge set up to tackle food waste

Community fridge set up to tackle food waste

23 July 2021

Residents celebrated the opening of the fridge on Tuesday, which will provide free food to residents in the community.


School pupils decorate skate park after it is daubed with racist graffiti

15 July 2021
School pupils decorate skate park after it is daubed with racist graffiti

School pupils decorate skate park after it is daubed with racist graffiti

15 July 2021

Pupils at a Suffolk high school have decorated a nearby skate park after with was daubed in racist graffiti.


Community rallies to support couple after pub purchase falls through

09 July 2021
Community rallies to support couple after pub purchase falls through

Community rallies to support couple after pub purchase falls through

09 July 2021

The would-be owners of a Suffolk pub have spoken of the incredible support they have received from fellow villagers after their purchase fell through.


Rare remains of 800-year-old bridge found near castle in Suffolk

29 June 2021
Rare remains of 800-year-old bridge found near castle in Suffolk

Rare remains of 800-year-old bridge found near castle in Suffolk

29 June 2021

The remains of a previously unknown medieval wooden bridge have been discovered, with experts believing they could date back to as far as 1200 AD.


Arsenal fan pledges to wear Spurs top for entire day for Eriksen-inspired fundraiser

23 June 2021
Arsenal fan pledges to wear Spurs top for entire day for Eriksen-inspired fundraiser

Arsenal fan pledges to wear Spurs top for entire day for Eriksen-inspired fundraiser

23 June 2021

A lifelong Arsenal supporter will be gritting his teeth and sporting a Tottenham shirt for a day to raise money for a defibrillator in his town.


Skate park given new look after racist graffiti

22 May 2021
Skate park given new look after racist graffiti

Skate park given new look after racist graffiti

22 May 2021

Council officials have got to work repainting a skate park after it was daubed in racist graffiti last month.


Officers and paramedics called after passenger falls off motorbike

16 May 2021
Officers and paramedics called after passenger falls off motorbike

Officers and paramedics called after passenger falls off motorbike

16 May 2021

Police remain at the scene.


Suffolk residents to receive text alerts for terror attacks as part of Government trial

16 May 2021
Suffolk residents to receive text alerts for terror attacks as part of Government trial

Suffolk residents to receive text alerts for terror attacks as part of Government trial

16 May 2021

Ministers will trial the the system in Suffolk, which will see residents alerting to imminent public health threats.


Traffic at a standstill following incident this morning

15 May 2021
Traffic at a standstill following incident this morning

Traffic at a standstill following incident this morning

15 May 2021

Police have been dealing with the incident since 11am this morning.


Ceremonies take place across county as Royal British Legion marks 100 years

15 May 2021
Ceremonies take place across county as Royal British Legion marks 100 years

Ceremonies take place across county as Royal British Legion marks 100 years

15 May 2021

Wreaths were laid across the county, with one branch partnering with a parish council to put on an impressive commemoratory display.


Churchyard put up Silhouette display to honour Captain Tom on VE Day

12 May 2021
Churchyard put up Silhouette display to honour Captain Tom on VE Day

Churchyard put up Silhouette display to honour Captain Tom on VE Day

12 May 2021

A churchyard was filled with silhouettes of soldiers in a touching display to commemorate VE Day last weekend.


Officials nearing decisions on weight-restrictions for HGVs through town

09 May 2021
Officials nearing decisions on weight-restrictions for HGVs through town

Officials nearing decisions on weight-restrictions for HGVs through town

09 May 2021

A decision on whether weight restrictions will be introduced for HGVs passing through a Suffolk town is expected soon, council bosses have promised.