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Population: 7,749

Nearby Towns: Aylsham, Fakenham, North Walsham

After its predecessor village Shipden was swallowed by the sea, Cromer took over as a fishing community famous for its small sweet crabs.

A quiet place where well-heeled Victorians took the air and salt water dips was transformed into a popular resort by the coming of the railway.

Its 100-year-old pier is home to the current lifeboat station, and pavilion theatre, which hosts the only remaining end-of-the-pier summer variety show.

A seafront museum tells the story of the town’s lifeboat including legendary coxswain Henry Blogg. The town also has a South American-themed zoo, and a big mid-August carnival.

Volunteer Maisie Buchanan (left), who is now studying to become a disability nurse, supporting About With Friends member Cathy Savory. Picture: COMMUNITY ACTION NORFOLK

A disability support charity is giving new volunteers the chance to learn professional CV-boosting skills in a bid to attract younger people.

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Sir William Cubitt , Lady Cubitt and Hugh Harkett with the loco team, platform staff and guards: Pictures: Leigh Caudwell

Train crews and station staff at North Norfolk Railway were praised during a visit by the High Sheriff of Norfolk.

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Sheringham railway station. Picture: Ian Burt

One of the region’s most popular visitor attractions has secured another award for its work in bringing back mainline dining excursions.

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Parts of the comedy film Chick-Lit were filmed at the Hunny Bell. Pictures: Stody Estate

A north Norfolk pub frequented by Hollywood’s finest is seeking a new community-focused tenant.

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Kieran Sandwell: Picture: British Heart Foundation

A heart transplant patient is walking the Norfolk coast as part of a 5,000-mile trek around Britain to help raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research.

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A vehicle fire in Lancaster Rise, Mundesley spreads to a second vehicle, garden shed and a section of fencing. Photo by Sam Englestone

A fire spread to another vehicle, a garden shed and a section of fencing.

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Nearly 30 public call boxes will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Nearly 30 public call boxes - many of them the classic red box - will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT.

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Bus in North Walsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Tweets giving out false information from Sanders Coaches - claiming they are on strike - have been reported to Twitter.

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Sunset on the River Ant in Norfolk.

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, love is in the air and people everywhere find their thoughts turning to romance. But where is the best place to woo your partner on this special day for l’amour?

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The Pleasaunce, Overstrand in 2013. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A north Norfolk Christian holiday centre is due to re-open in the summer, following essential repairs and improvements.

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Happisburgh boats: Picture: RNLI

Life-saving volunteers are needed at the RNLI in Happisburgh.

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Jo and Andrew Harrison-Taylor, landlords at the Earle Arms. Picture: David Bale

The Earle Arms on The Green, Heydon, near Aylsham, has been shortlisted for country pub of the year in the BBC Countryfile magazine awards.

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Len Fiske (left) outside the North Walsham butchers shop he worked at, with wartime pal Paddy Fleming. Photo: supplied

Len Fiske spent three and a half years as a prisoner at Japanese camps during the Second World War and his stepson Robert Craske, 69, said the veteran never fully forgave the Japanese.

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LibDem candidate Marion Millership was joined on the campaign trail by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and Cromer Mayor Tim Adams.

Voting is under way in the Waterside by-election in north Norfolk.

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Keith Skipper.

Norfolk champion Keith Skipper will be the master of ceremonies when blue plaques honouring a trio of town greats are unveiled in Cromer later this month.

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27 north Norfolk projects hit the jackpot

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
John Barrowman, presenter of the National Lottery Awards show: Picture: National Lottery

New figures show that more than £690,000 of National Lottery funding was awarded across the north Norfolk area in the last year alone.

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Sarah Butikofer. Picture: SUBMITTED

A row over North Norfolk’s budget proposals has intensified with the Liberal Democrats on the council claiming there’s no need to sell off assets to balance the books.

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Wanted man- Paul Priestley: Police picture

A man wanted on recall to prison has connections with north Norfolk.

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Itteringham community shop. Picture: David Bale

A campaign has been launched to save a community-run shop that has been a fixture in a Norfolk village since the 17th century.

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People opposed to plans at NNDC meeting: Picture: David Bale

Cabinet members have decided to press ahead with proposals to develop four of the council’s assets in north Norfolk.

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Cromer Mayor Tim Adams

. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Tim Adams, speaking in a personal capacity, has condemned the local authority for its “repeated attacks” on the seaside resort and accused it of scaremongering.

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About with Friends member Kim James with Ross McMillan and Nigel Tompkins from Sheringham Shoal windfarm at the switch on of new lights at the charity's Cromer HQ.

With turbines generating enough energy to power a city the size of Norwich it provided the obvious solution when a charity needed some new lights.

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Yvonne and Terry Nolan celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at their home in Cromer, and Terry is still smiling despite injuring his face after a fall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

They may have been in perfect step since meeting at a dance, but life has been far from routine for Terry and Yvonne Nolan.

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Montage of Theresa May's Brexit speech

Theresa May failed to quell business uncertainty over Brexit as she delivered a warning to her European counterparts that she would be willing to walk away with no Brexit deal.

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Cromer crematorium is the first in north Norfolk and is set to open on January 16.

The first funeral is set to take place at the new crematorium in Cromer next week, it has been confirmed.

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Paul Dunstan won the 2016 photography competition with this spectacular image of the fireworks display over Cromer Pier.

More than 10,000 people expected to line the seafront to watch the free show.

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The Trunch Fatboy Cycle Club held its annual charity cycle on Sunday to raise money for Cromer-based charity, About with Friends. Picture: STEVE SMITH

A sack-full of Santas geared up for Christmas with Trunch Fatboy Cycle Club.

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Tim Adams and John Frosdick, the mayor and deputy mayor of Cromer, are pictured during their visit to the town's ambulance station. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS

Ambulance staff in north Norfolk have been praised by local officials following a recent visit.

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Some girls at Cromer Academy have already begun to wear ties, with the new uniform being made compulsory from January.

Students accused the school of being sexist for implementing the ban.

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Pictures show Steven Little, 32, of Norwich, before his slimming programme, and the subsequent result. Pictures submitted by Steven Little.

It was when theme park staff stopped Steven Little getting on a Harry Potter ride that he realised it was time to tackle his weight problem.

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Cromer Junior School campaign to save their lollipop ladies. Carrie Gilbey, left, and Karen Wright with parents and pupils.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A head teacher has claimed plans to axe a crossing patrol at his school could put pupils’ lives at risk.

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Cromer mayor Tim Adams, left, and former mayor David Pritchard, right, clashed during a debate over the future of the bus stop in the town's Mill Road, top.

Faeces found at a bus stop in Cromer are not believed to belong to a dog, town councillors were warned this week.

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Council leader Tom FitzPatrick, bottom left, welcomed the progress of work at Cabbell Park, top, to pave the way for the new medical centre, bottom right. Pictures: NNDC

Work on plans to build a new health centre in Cromer is continuing - despite concerns it will leave the town’s football club homeless.

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Norwich Railway Station. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The rail industry has announced today that train fares will go up by an average of 2.3pc next year.

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Cromer Hospital. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Ambulances answering 999 calls in north Norfolk could take some patients to Cromer Hospital for treatment in future.

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One of the Structure-flex spheres in use. Picture: STRUCTURE-FLEX

Daredevils are hurling themselves downhill at 30mph inside giant inflatable spheres painstakingly created by a specialist Norfolk firm.

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Neil Turner and Simon Elliott of Pedal Revolution in what will be the club house at the former RAF Coltishall site where the new PedalPark will be set up with a track around the airfield.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Plans to develop the old RAF Colishall site as a technology hub could spell an end to ambitions to create a world-class cycling facility.

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Members of NCLS: Sara Westwood MJP Solicitors, Matthew Lord BBL Law, Sally Harris Spire Solicitors, and Mary Wood Volunteer Receptionist.

A law charity is marking an annual awareness week by reminding the public that free advice sessions on legal matters are available.

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Benji Cabbell-Manners, new owner of Amazona Zoo, Cromer.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A prominent north Norfolk landowner has blamed Brexit for his bid to stage outdoor picnic concerts on his parkland.

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Zak Burrell, who is wanted by Norfolk police. Picture: NORFOLK POLICE

Police are appealing for help to trace Zak Burrell, who is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

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Karla Crome and Laura Haddock as Nancy and Hayley in ITV's detective thriller The Level. Picture: COLIN HUTTON

When a Cromer-based business received an order which had to be turned round quickly, it had no idea it was needed for a high-profile TV drama.

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Students on Cromer seafront in the 1960s. Picture: POPPYLAND PUBLISHING

One was the era of evacuees, ration books and GI brides the other a time of teenage rebellion, “peace and love” and Beatlemania.

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King George VI inspecting the Home Guard in Norwich. 

Dated  1942

. Picture: EDP ARCHIVES

Write Norfolk, a new creative writing school, has been finding inspiration in the collection of EDP heritage postcards which are proving a bit hit with our readers.

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Jamie McCann's parents, Ann and Ray McCann, with the letter from Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

A copy of the letter is fixed to the cross marking Jamie McCann’s grave in Cromer cemetery.

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Five-year-old Iona Abel and her brother Finley, eight, make their views know at the Cromer parish meeting. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Cromer is demanding a referendum allowing voters to say whether they want a car park to be built in the town’s much-loved North Lodge Park.

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North Lodge Park campaigners John Edwards and Chris Boddy. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

A public meeting is being organised to ask residents their views on plans to build a car park on parkland at a local beauty spot, it has been confirmed.

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Cromer

Cromer in Norfolk is a family favourite, the same seems to be true over on the other side of the world in Cromer, New South Wales in Australia. Only 30 minutes away from the city of Sydney, Cromer in NSW is actually a suburb, but can it rival our town?

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Cromer-born Malcolm Sayer who designed the E-type Jag. Picture: SUBMITTED

Dozens of sleek Jaguar E-types will be descending on Cromer, the birthplace of their designer, later this month during a Round Britain Coastal Drive charity event.

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Stock photo of schoolchildren. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

A temporary specialist teaching base in Southtown is yet to find a permanent home and could stay at its current site for another two years, if planning permission is approved.

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Culture Works East, Great Hall Theatre Company, KlangHaus, Limelight Studios, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays, Salt, Sewell Barn Theatre and Sheringham Little Theatre have all been shortlisted in the Norfolk Arts Awards - vote below for your favourite.

From festivals and theatre companies who put on great entertainment to visual artists who produce amazing work - a wonderful array of cultural champions have been shortlisted in our 2016 EDP People’s Choice Awards, and now it’s time to vote for your favourite Small Venue / Festival / Organisation / Production.

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Neil Turner of Pedal Revolution at the former RAF Coltishall site where the new PedalPark is due to be set up. 
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The team looking to transform the old RAF Coltishall base into a unique cycle venue have said the project will not happen this year because of “frustrating delays and snags”.

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An image showing what the planned new Cromer doctors surgery at Cabbell Park will look like. Picture: MEDCENTRES

Patients are set to receive treatment at a new £3.5m medical centre meeting modern healthcare needs in Cromer.

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Gallery: Red Arrows make triumphant return to Cromer carnival

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Red Arrows at Cromer Carnival. Picture: Lorna Williams

The Red Arrows made a triumphant return to Cromer for the town’s annual Carnival after their absence last year.

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Norfolk's fabulous farm shops: A selection of products available from Back to the Garden, Knight's Hill and Walsingham Farms Shop.

Looking to stock up on some of the finest produce Norfolk has to offer? Why not head over to one of Norfolk’s many farm shops to pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, meat as well as various other products such as homemade cakes, cheeses. pastries, jams and chutneys. Here’s a look at just a few of the stores you could visit across the county.

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Athletes compete in the men's biking event during the ITU World Triathlon in Abu Dhabi. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

In our third and final instalment of where you can play Olympic sports in Norfolk we look at nine sports including water polo, sailing and volleyball.

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Bungalow Lane level crossing.

A man was taken to hospital after being struck by at train on the line between Norwich and Brundall Gardens on Wednesday afternoon.

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Boarders and bikers will be flipping into action for the Cromer Carnvial Skateboard Competition. Picture: SUBMITTED

Tricky contenders are set to spin into action at the Cromer Carnival Skateboard Competition.

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Adam Frere-Smith, organising a Paddle for Japan in Cromer on Good Friday.; Photo: Bill Smith

A doctor with more than 20 years’ experience has lifted the lid on a controversial ambulance trial that has been linked to three patient deaths.

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Student paramedic Lucy Hammond near the site on Cromer beach where she pulled a drowning man from the sea. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

A student paramedic left a beach party in Cromer to drag a drowning swimmer from the sea and give him emergency resuscitation, it has emerged.

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Things you can do in Norwich this summer, that you couldn't last summer: Jump at Gravity, drink cocktails at Be at One and fly to Cyprus from Norwich International Airport. (L-R)

From trampoline parks, to cocktail bars there are lots of new places around Norwich to visit this summer that didn’t exist this time last year.

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Norfolk Original Andreas Yiasimi on Cromer Pier.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Cromer Town Council revealed its affairs have been called into question after it emerged one of its members had faced legal action for non-payment of council tax.

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The cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Picture: SUBMITTED

A row has broken out between councillors in Cromer over the decision to allow a local arts group free use of the town council’s headquarters for a special production of a traditional tale familiar to generations of children.

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Cromer Bus Station has been nominated for two awards following the opening a seaside themed shelter. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

When it comes to examples of outstanding architecture they are not one the first things that spring to mind.

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Charles Clark Classic Car Rally which started at the Goat Inn in Skeyton driving 65 miles via Great Yarmouth to finish up at Norwich Cathedral. Keith Tierney with his 1969 E-Type Jaguar. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Beautiful machines from more than 100 years of motoring have gone on show at the Charles Clarke Classic Car Rally.

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Cromer pier.

Two people were rescued from the sea this morning after plunging off Cromer Pier.

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Cromer mayor Tim Adams at the official ceremony marking the installation of the QJ and J at North Lodge Park. Picture: DAVE ROBERTS

It was truly a champagne moment to mark the long-awaited return to Cromer of lifeboat hero Henry Blogg’s last fishing boat. Corks were popped and the bubbly sprayed over the QJ and J during the ceremony at North Lodge Park.

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Armed Forces day at the Parish Hall in Cromer. Brigadier Max Marriner opening the event. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The proud contribution of the military to our national life was honoured at a special celebration in Cromer. Young and old were out in force to show their support for Armed Forces Day.

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Carer holding hands of senior woman. Photo: Getty Images

Looking for work in the medical or carer sectors? There are currently 127 positions available across the county online at Jobs24.

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Sue Arnold and Hilary Cox celebrate getting funding for a new roundabout to improve road safety on the A148 at the Felbrigg Road junction. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Campaigners are celebrating news that work should start early next year on a roundabout at one of north Norfolk’s busiest road junctions.

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From left: Cubs Rafiq Uddin and Otis Cozens and cub leader Carl Hardingham keep watch during the 18-hour vigil. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Heads deeply bowed, children as young as six and veterans in their 80s are taking it in turns this evening, through the night and until noon tomorrow to stand vigil around Cromer’s war memorial.

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The stone found on Cromer beach which has a passing resemblance to Jesus or Karl Marx set in a profile of a dog or a bear.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

It has been spotted in the most unusual of places... on pieces of toast, bits of plasterwork and even patches of mould.

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A computer generated image of the new Cromer medical centre. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A new £3.5m medical centre providing for 21st century health care needs in Cromer has moved a step closer.

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Today is the day when the nation will head to the polls to vote in EU referendum. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It has been 41 years since we, the people, last delivered a verdict on our relationship with our European neighbours.

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Opinion: Ten reasons to move to West Norfolk

Friday, June 17, 2016
The sunset on Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk.  Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Rural villages, rolling countryside and rich history are just a few of the things that make West Norfolk an ideal place to take up residence.

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Boris Johnson MP visits Sam Cole Foods fish processing factory in Lowestoft, Suffolk, where he was campaigning on behalf of the Vote Leave EU campaign. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It was a day that ended with a dark turn of events with campaigning suspended after the horrific attack on a Labour MP.

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A motorist is believed to have tied a metal cable around a car park ticket machine, attached the cable to their vehicle and tried to drive off.

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Norfolk Constabulary vehicle.

A 61-year-old drink-driver who was driven away from the scene of an accident has been given an 18-week suspended prison sentence.

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Anglia Square Norwich  Photo : Steve Adams

A fresh attempt to breathe new life into Norwich’s Anglia Square is due to be lodged next year, it can be revealed today.

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Cromer Coastguard is warning visitors of the dangers of the town's cliffs. Photo: Cromer Coastguard/Facebook

Cromer Coastguard have been left dumbfounded by the actions of a couple spotted appearing to pose for a selfie on the edge of the town’s crumbling cliffs.

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The newly restored portion of Henry Blogg's fishing boat the Q J & J is craned into position outside North Lodge in Cromer. Pictured are from left Ivor Broughton, Trevor Bone, Julie Chance, Jim Bond, Duncan Abel and Charlie Hodson

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A memorial to one of the most decorated lifeboatmen in the RNLI’s history has been moved to its final resting place in Cromer.

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The BMW 330 involved in a collision on the A148 near Sheringham. Photo: Robyn Templeman

Calls have been made for further safety improvements following the latest accident at a busy north Norfolk junction.

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Cromer mayor Tim Adams and his new deputy John Frosdick. Photo: Dave 'Hubba' Roberts

Cromer mayor Tim Adams has been re-elected for a second year.

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Pictured: Wells beach. Picture: Stephen Mole Photos

From struggling with tourists to learning to cope with extreme weather conditions, here are eleven things you’ve probably experienced if you live on the North Norfolk Coast.

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Deckchairs on Cromer beach.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Ten of our region’s beaches will be flying flags this summer to show visitors they are among the best in the country.

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The vigil will take place at Cromer war memorial.
 PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

An 18-hour candle-lit vigil will be held at the war memorial in Cromer to remember those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme.

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Fishing heritage festival returns

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival 2015 gvs

Laughter fine food and entertainment for the young and old are all set to feature in this year’s Crab and Lobster Festival.

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Dr David M Waterhouse, Senior Curator of Natural History’ at Norfolk Museums Service.

Fears have been voiced that clues to north Norfolk’s past could be consigned to history – by overzealous fossil hunters digging for mammoths.

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Karttrack Cromer owner Robert Marshall who's looking to expand. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A go-karting business in Cromer is on track to success after it unveiled plans to expand this week.

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Cabbell Park Football Ground, home of Cromer Football Club. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A potential deal to save one of Cromer’s oldest institutions has been given a cautious welcome.

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Alfie Holland-Pengelly, 8, who was bitten by a dog whilst playing on Fearns Field in Cromer on Sunday 24th April, and is now scared to go back there. He's pictured with his mum Jayne Holland. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A worried mum has reiterated calls for a children’s play area to be fenced off to keep dogs out after her son was allegedly attacked.

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Cabbell Park Football Ground, home of Cromer Football Club. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Contentious plans to site a new medical centre at a football ground can provide a win-win solution for health and sport in Cromer, a council chief has insisted.

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Guy Wilhelmy (centre) presents a cheque in memory of his father John to Cromer RNLI chairman Tony Webster (left) and treasurer Jim Page. Picture: SUBMITTED

The family of a Cromer man who was rescued when his ship capsized have reflected his gratitude and respect for the work of lifesavers by donating £10,000 to the RNLI.

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Nigel Barrett, centre, with fellow guerilla gardener Matt Smith (left) and Cromer mayor Tim Adams at Brownshill playing field.

It is an ‘undercover’ operation taking place amidst the tall grass and sprouting hedges.

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Lighting of the Queen's 90th Birthday Beacon in Cromer at Warren Woods which started with a torchlit procession from the Parish Church to the Old Lookout on the East cliff. Pictured is Julie Matthews and Rose Werner. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A spectacular firework display marked the end of a day of celebration in Cromer to honour the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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Luke Walsh crowns last year's Cromer Carnival Queen Charlotte Crane. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS

Cash, VIP treatment and right-royal fun are up for grabs as the search begins for Miss Cromer 2016 and her attendants.

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Cabbell Park home of Cromer Town FC.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Time is running out to save one of the oldest institutions in Cromer.

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John Hewitt Bolton-Maggs receiving his Ushakov Medal from Jenny Clark whose dad, Jack Hewitt, was given it by mistake.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Determined sleuthing, an EDP story and a 280-mile journey has meant a Norfolk war veteran has finally received an honour after a medals mix-up by baffled Russians.

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Fears Field playwark in Cromer which is in a bad state of disrepair, pictured are Finnian and Savanya Robson-Barrett. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Concerns have been raised that playparks in Cromer are being abandoned by the local authority and allowed to fall into a state of disrepair so cash-strapped council chiefs no longer have to pay for their upkeep.

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Fears have  been raised that Cromer Football Club may close

Fears have been raised for the future of Cromer Town Football Club as a result of contentious plans for a new medical centre at its Cabbell Park ground.

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Sheringham's current town crier Tony Nelson. Nobody has come forward to replace him, meaning the role could be merged with Cromer. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

They are neighbouring seaside towns separated by just five miles, but with a rivalry going back centuries.

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