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Mike Lynn, site manager at Dereham Church of England Infant and Nursery School, takes delivery of the Konect bus that has been donated to the school to be its new library.  Picture: Konectbus

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Ben Walker at Tri Harder in Dereham. Picture: Norfolk County Council

The founders of Norfolk’s first and only triathlon wear and equipment company are crediting superfast broadband as one of the reasons why their business is proving such a success.

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Dereham Theatre Company is performing Dad's Army at the Memorial Hall. Picture: Ashley Cashfield

It’s been a TV classic for the last 40 years and now Dereham Theatre Company will be bringing Mainwaring, Jones, Pike and co to the Memorial Hall.

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Wayne Kincaide is appearing at Leicester Square Theatre. Picture: Johnny Tait

A comedian and actor from Dereham is set for a West End debut when he takes to the stage at Leicester Square Theatre next month.

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George Freeman MP wants to create a new vision for Dereham

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman is calling on businesses, schools and groups in the Dereham area to tell him what they feel are their top priorities for the future development of the town.

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Roadworks are planned. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Motorists are warned to expect delays while work is carried out to repair Stone Road Bridge, north-west of Mattishall.

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A woman was assaulted while walking her dog at Neatherd Moor. Picture: Ian Burt

A man assaulted a dog walker and tried to snatch her bag in Dereham yesterday causing her minor injuries.

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Police are treating the death of a man in Boundary Close, Dereham, as unexplained. Picture; Archant

A man who was found dead at a flat in Boundary Close in Dereham has been formally identified by police as 48-year-old Stuart Yates.

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Dereham Neatherd High School drama show. Pictures: Michael Lyons

Dereham Neatherd High School performed their annual school production at the Memorial Hall.

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Police tent and cordon on Church Road, Hardingham

Police have cordoned off an area beside a quiet country lane in Hardingham, near Dereham, in connection with a murder investigation in Toftwood.

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Acle Straight seen from the air.
Photo: Mike Page

Highways England says it is committed to improving driver safety ahead of work on the A47 Acle Straight that will lead to road closures.

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Police are treating the death of a man in Boundary Close, Dereham, as unexplained. Picture; Archant

A man whose body was found in a flat in Dereham has been named locally as Stuart Yates.

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Postman Dave Froome is retiring after doing the round in Bawdeswell for 12  years. Picture: Ian Burt

Community spirit may too often be a thing of the past, but one small Norfolk village was united in saying goodbye to a much-loved retiring postman.

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Members of Yaxham neighbourhood plan working group celebrate victory: Picture: David Bale

A group fighting a village expansion is celebrating a victory for people power, after proposals to make it a local service centre were rejected.

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The proposed 300 homes near Toftwood in Dereham. Picture: Glavenhill Strategic Land.

Two major housing applications come before Breckland planners on Monday which could see another 500 homes being built in Dereham.

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Charity appeal for storage space

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Janet Clark in The Gambia with charity co-worker Jane Moore. (Picture: Gambian Aid Through Education)

A charity founded to help children access education in The Gambia is looking for new storage facilities.

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Behind the scenes at last year's Thursford Spectacular. Pictured is dancer Kimberlee Collicutt. Picture: Ian Burt

Two extra shows have been added to this year’s Thursford Christmas spectacular to meet demand- 10 months before it’s due to start.

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Eight year old Alfie Oswick learns about cancer cells with research scientist Dr Stephen Robinson.  Picture: John Money

A science-mad youngster has experienced first hand how DNA is extracted and looked at cancer cells under a microscope as a special guest of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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Biscuit met with Dorian Sibley from Dereham Tiles and Carpets to receive a cheque for £2,000 towards the Christmas Lights appeal. Picture: Michael Lyons

A fund-raising campaign to make Dereham a Christmas destination has received a “phenomenal” response, say the organisers, bringing in over £6,000 in its first two months.

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First Lego League at Neatherd High School.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A Dereham school won the East of England regional championships award, when it hosted a round of the FIRST LEGO league for the first time.

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Joe Brown, 26, of Crown Place in Dereham was given a two year Criminal Behaviour Order after being convicted of five incidents of criminal damage and a malicious communication offence in Dereham. Picture: Norfolk Police

A 26-year old Dereham man has been convicted of five incidents of criminal damage and a malicious communication offence in the town.

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From left to right, George Watson, Sam Brearey and Ellie Chettleburgh. Picture: City College Norwich

Two Norwich students will be mentored by a former world sailing champion after triumphing in a national programme.

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Charles Carter at the Boxing Day hunt at Raynham Hall. He has been suspended following an incident while hunting with the Middleton Hunt. Picture: Ian Burt

A disgraced councillor did the right thing by resigning, people in Saham Toney said today, after a shocking video emerged of him using sexually offensive language to a female hunt protester.

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Dereham Market Place. Picture: Ian Burt

The police commander for Breckland said a disturbance involving up to 30 people in Dereham was an “isolated incident”.

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Thomas Semmons talks about road safety at the Sixth Form College, Dereham. Pictures: David Bale

A teenage crash survivor has spoken about being in training for a marathon, and the scars he will always have, after a serious road crash.

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Dereham v Romford
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Bosses at a football club are appealing for more people to get on board and help it build on the success it has achieved in recent years.

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The schools in Toftwood have some new smoke free zone signs. Pictured is Toftwood Infant School pupil Maddie (5). Picture: Ian Burt

Toftwood Infant and Junior and Fred Nicholson have signed up to the voluntary code from Breckland Council to stop parents standing outside and blowing cigarette smoke over the children as they walk to and from school.

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A campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety is continuing its tour of schools and colleges in Norfolk with visits to Thetford Academy and Dereham Sixth Form. Pictured is Thomas Semmons. Picture: Ian Burt

A campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety is set to continue its tour of Norfolk with a visit to Thetford Academy.

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Gravedigger William King, from Dereham, in Pentney church yard where he found the six Anglo Saxon brooches.

More details have emerged about the character at the centre of one of Norfolk’s most intriguing archeological finds.

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Jimi Hendrix photographed by Richard Snasdell in May 1967 at Spalding, Lincolnshire.
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Ask most fans of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix to name his most memorable performance of all time and thoughts of Woodstock, the Montery Pop Festival and Isle of Wight will usually come to mind.

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Gravedigger William King, from Dereham, in Pentney church yard where he found the six Anglo Saxon brooches.

More details have emerged about one of Norfolk’s most intriguing archaeological finds.

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Home-Start Norwich volunteers from the north Norfolk area. Picture: SENT IN BY HOME-START NORWICH

Volunteers are becoming increasingly important for vital charity services amid funding cuts.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

Another 48 new homes will be built in a market town after councillors approved an application for development on a greenfield site.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A family of travellers will be allowed to keep their home on the edge of a Norfolk village after a planning committee granted them permission to stay.

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Thumb print. Photo: Antony Kelly.

Three people were arrested and remain in police custody following a burglary in Dereham at the weekend.

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Dereham Lions member Keith Otty has been helping to co-ordinate the distribution of PC Teds for 25 years. Picture: Ian Burt

He was created as a means of offering comfort to children at accident scenes and now, thanks to Dereham Lions, PC Ted is celebrating his 25th birthday in Norfolk.

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Alfie Oswick, 8, is raising money for Dereham Cancer Care. Pictured with his mum, Jennifer, grandmother Amanda Owen and younger brother Charlie, 4.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Most eight-year-old boys might dream of becoming a train driver or astronaut when they grow up, or even a professional footballer.

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The Meet Up community centre in Thetford is one of three organisations in Breckland to have received a match-funding grant from the district council. Picture by Sonya Duncan

A new sports facility, a popular community centre and a village play area are to benefit from more than £30,000 of grant funding from a district council.

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Swaffham Town centre for Love Local. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Almost £25,000 is being made available to further enhance Breckland’s five market towns and attract more visitors and businesses.

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The family of Lacie-Blayke Rudd are raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where the one-year old underwent successful heart surgery. Here Lacie-Blayke is pictured at her home in Dereham with parents Maxine and Lee and older sisters Phoenix-Elise and Tawni-Jai. Picture: IAN BURT.

She has a beaming smile and cheerful nature that belie her challenging start to life.

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PC Joseph Jermy, who helped save a woman from falling from a flyover. Picture: MORGAN HOLLIS

PC Joseph Jermy and watch manager Duncan Barrow clung onto the A47 bridge to stop her falling onto the busy Yaxham Road and railway line below.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on Breckland Council’s draft budget for 2017/18.

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Neatherd High School in Dereham will host the Norfolk round of the FIRST Lego League next January. Pictured is Olaf Deekiri Kewage Don. Picture: Ian Burt

Creative and imaginative students at Neatherd High School in Dereham will be hoping their home advantage helps them to success when they take part in global science and technology competition in January.

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Shirley Watton commissioned a special Mid Norfolk Railway train to her wedding in Thuxton.  Couples could soon be able to get married at Dereham station. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Instead of changing platforms, couples could soon be exchanging vows at one of Norfolk’s heritage railways.

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Calf. Photo: Alan Endersby

Firefighters emptied a cesspit with buckets in a near three-hour battle to save a stricken calf.

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Volunteers at Norwich foodbank get ready for the big demand over the festive season.
Project manager Hannah Worsley.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The festive season is an exciting time for many families. But for the increasing number of people who use foodbanks it can be a very stressful period.

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Breckland district councillor Lynda Turner is taking part in the council's programme of events for Local Democracy Week.

Breckland Council is calling on people to ‘Recycle Right’ this Christmas to ensure as much recycling as possible is collected from across the district and waste diverted to landfill is minimised.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

Breckland Council now has a five year housing land supply in place.

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CC Wells warehouse on Greens Road Industrial Estate, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

A market trader will have to put together a business case for the sale of fruit and vegetables to the public from its warehouse in Dereham before planning permission can be approved.

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Police want to speak to the driver of a silver car who failed to stop after a crash involving three vehicles on the A47 at Swaffham.

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CC Wells warehouse on Greens Road Industrial Estate, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

A fruit and vegetable trader in Dereham could be stopped from selling produce to the public from the company’s warehouse amid concerns that it is having an adverse affect on other town centre businesses.

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Pupils at Toftwood Infant School have performed a Christmas pantomime. Picture: Ian Burt

It’s usually performed by adults for children but pupils at Toftwood Infant School turned pantomime on its head by putting on a show for parents and guests.

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Scenes from the Dereham Christmas Lights Switch on 2016 - Biscuit with the Christmas Tree in Dereham Market Place. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A fundraising appeal for next year’s Christmas lights switch-on event in Dereham has seen a flurry of donations.

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Drummers at JDT Music Academy in Dereham have set a new World Record of drumming for 80 hours, 2 minutes and 38 seconds. Picture: Ian Burt

They’ve done it!

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Beauty therapist Anne Chandler has opened her own business, Ageless Cosmetics, in a 300 year-old pub in Shipdham. Picture: Ian Burt

An entrepreneur who gave a makeover to a 300-year-old pub is now providing makeovers for her customers inside it.

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Hillcrest school choir perform at the Downham Christmas light switch-on. Picture: John Fox

Thousands of people packed town centres across the county today for the traditional Christmas lights switch-on events.

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Organisers Jamie Bell and Katrina Kerslake, with a military jeep at Caleb's Car Fest., a fundraiser for five-year-old Caleb McCulloch who has cancer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A community has rallied round to help a five-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer enjoy as many special events from his bucket list as possible.

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Street sign

Choosing a name for anything – from a new baby to a new car – can prove a challenge.

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Fay Harrison's son Brodie died after taking a drug known as AMT in 2015. Picture: Ian Burt

The mother of a Norfolk man who died after taking a legal high today describes how her family has been devastated by a drug her son thought was safe.

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Vicky Moore from Dereham is campaigning for better support for NICU parents after her son Elijah Cockerill had to have major surgery at a few months old. Pictured with Elijah's dad Greg.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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The mother of a little boy who had to have major heart surgery soon after his birth is joining a campaign for better mental health care for parents of seriously ill babies.

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Police based in Dereham have had to deal with two crashes today.

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The new Aldi store in Dereham was officially opened by Team GB windsurfer Nick Dempsey. Picture: Ian Burt

More than 150 people queued in cold weather to get their first glimpse of the new Aldi supermarket in Dereham this morning.

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Great Britain's Nick Dempsey poses with his Silver Medal from Rio. Photo credit  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Team GB windsurfer Nicholas Dempsey will be opening the new Aldi store in Dereham on Thursday, with a special golden ticket event for the first 100 customers on opening morning.

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Road closed following Hillington fatal: Picture David Bale

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in a collision on the A148 at Harpley, near Hillington, yesterday.

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Rewards for young people who show good behaviour are at the centre of a new pilot scheme being launched by police today.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

The deadline is approaching for Breckland residents to have their say on growth and development in their district over the next 20 years.

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Paul Adcock has offered to buy Bennetts Electrical in Dereham from Philip and Jennifer Morter. Picture: Ian Burt

A landmark shop which has been a feature of its town for 60 years is being given a new lease of life after being bought by a former friendly rival.

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Fakenham Flower Festival gets under way

Thursday, October 6, 2016
The Flower Festival at Fakenham's Parish Church begins this week. Pictured is Edna Plume. Picture: Ian Burt

A church is filled with all things bright and beautiful, for a four-day flower festival themed around the famous hymm.

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PTSD walk: Pictures Paul Sandford

Teams from six Dereham pubs dressed up to take part in a walk to raise money for the PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) charity Resolution, which supports retired soldiers suffering from combat stress.

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Paul Sandford, (L) landlord of the Railway Tavern in Dereham is organising a pub walk to raise money for military PTSD. Also pictured are (from left) Biscuit the Dereham Carnival mascot, Elaine Winterbone and Bruno Hipolito. Picture: Ian Burt

It sounds like a fun pub crawl but dozens of fundraisers are getting ready to put their best feet forward around Dereham’s watering holes for a very important cause.

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Elsing village sign

Three homes were burgled in the Dereham area with cash and jewellery being targeted.

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Kai Gibbon, Tom Brewster, Emily Blackburn and Ceri Theobald who work for the Flagship Group are taking part in the Tour de Norfolk.

Five housing assocation staff will be getting on their bikes for charity this weekend as they take part in this year’s Bullards Tour De Norfolk cycle event.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

Residents in Breckland are being encouraged to give their views on where future development should take place in their district.

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Scenes from the 2016 Battle of Britain parade through Dereham

It is 76 years since the Battle of Britain raged in the skies above England as the RAF fought to gain air supremacy against Hitler’s Luftwaffe and bring to an end the Fuhrer’s invasion plans.

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Re-enactors with the Paston Heritage Society, Pat Dawson, left, and Anne Digby, at the workshop for the 600 Paston Footprints project, passing on skills about the Paston era including natural dying of wool and Lucette, an old form of french knitting. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“You are so lucky to have the Pastons’ story and their letters as part of Norfolk’s history but it’s so amazing that you can be in the county and you would hardly know.”

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Charles Carter, Breckland Council's executive member for growth.

A key document which will shape the future development of Breckland will now go out to public consultation after lengthy debate by councillors.

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Drummers from JDT Music Academy at almost 76 hours

They have had no sleep for three days but in just a few short hours a Dereham team of drummers will complete an epic 80-hour drumming marathon, securing them a well-deserved place back in the Guinness World Book of Records.

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The A47 at Little Fransham has been re-opened following a crash near the Canary and Linnet pub.

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The rubbish has remained at the site this week while Breckland Council, which has responsibility for tackling fly-tipping, and Dereham Town Council, which owns the allotments, consider whether to pursue a prosecution.

Legal action may be taken against a fly-tipper who dumped rubbish at allotments in Dereham.

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Zest Car Rental is the new name for Economy Car Hire, based in Dereham. Picture: SUPPLIED.

The UK’s biggest independent car hire broker is looking to extend its overseas reach after completing a rebrand.

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Harry Potter start to study at UEA from September. Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed

Young actor to swap Hogwarts for halls, as he prepares to start his Drama and English Literature degree at the University of East Anglia.

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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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Ryan Enever,(left, actor, writer and director, and Andy Turner, actor, director and producer of 3 Takes Productions, who are putting on a screening of their year's work for their volunteers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Anyone in the acting business will tell you that the rewards for your hard graft are often poor.

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War comes to the Mid Norfolk Railway in Dereham - Neil Hannant as a paratropper. Picture: Matthew Usher.

More than 100 re-enactors took to the platforms as a restored railway staged a 1940s weekend.

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Former Light Dragoon Simon Taylor from Dereham was part of the first disabled team to complete the longest downhill cycle race in the world, the Alpe d’Huez Megavalanche, as part of a Help for Heroes-supported group of wounded, injured and sick veterans and serving personnel.

A former Light Dragoon from Dereham has made it into the history books as being part of the first disabled team to complete the longest downhill cycle race in the world.

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Breckland Council is running a programme of sports and games for children over the summer holidays.

A programme of summer activities gets underway today to give youngsters in Breckland a chance to take part in a range of sports and games during the school holidays.

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Part of the High Street in Dereham will be closed overnight this week

A road closure that caused traffic misery for motorists yesterday around Dereham will only take place between the hours of 7pm and 6am until the end of the week, Norfolk County Council has confirmed.

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The old play equipment at Neatherd Moor, Dereham.

The opening of the play area at the Neatherd Moor in Dereham has been put back until Friday.

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First Dereham carnival for over 20 years, and the whole town was packed with people enjoiyng the event.

Thousands lined the streets as carnival returned to Dereham after a 20-year absence today.

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Parkers Primary School in Saham Toney has become Breckland's first voluntary smoke free zone following a sign designing competition by the district council. Pictured: Breckland councillor Gordon Bambridge with the winning sign and (from left) competition winner Ruby Brown and runners up Layla Wright and Katherine Welsh, from Parkers Primary School. Picture by Keith Mindham.

A village primary school is the first in its district to have become a voluntary ‘smoke free’ area.

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Four fire crews have been tackling a blaze at a caravan site just off the A47 in Swaffham.

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Sweeney Entertainments. Pictured: Dr. Feelgood. Picture: James Cumpsty

The fourth Dereham Blues Festival will launch this evening to the sounds of true blues masters.

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Norfolk Constabulary police vehicle. Picture: James Bass.

Two men were warned they face “significant jail terms” after they were convicted of involvement in a Norfolk cannabis factory which had a potential annual yield of £120,000 to £214,000.

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Craig Richardson. Picture: Ian Burt

A former RAF gunner from Dereham, who served his first tour in Iraq in 2007, said in light of the Chilcot inquiry he has questioned whether the four comrades from his squadron who were killed in the fighting lost their lives in vain.

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The A47 is shut at Little Fransham

A stretch of the A47 in Little Fransham has now reopened following an accident involving two vehicles.

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Ex Light Dragoon Liam Young blows the whistle at Dereham's war memorial to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme

At precisely 7.30am the sound of a whistle pierced the slowly-waking town of Dereham this morning as a former soldier marked the centenary of the start of the bloodiest battle in history.

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A 22-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with fraud offences which total more than £220,000.

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