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Population: 15,659

Nearby Towns: Swaffham, Watton, Wymondham

These are the 13 criminals Norfolk Constabulary is currently appealing for help to trace in the county with crimes ranging from sexual assault to attempted murder.

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We take a look at the finalists in the Skills of Tomorrow category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

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Dereham’s air cadets have ditched the normal browns and greens of their camouflage gear to stand out and stand up to cancer.

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A Dereham man, who attempted to meet a ‘child’ following sexual grooming, has been told by a judge that a prison term is a possibility when he is sentenced next month.

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Police are appealing for assistance from members of the public to trace a man who is wanted.

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Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at a town cemetery, a place largely untouched by criminal activity for 150 years.

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Mobile phone footage of a former Norfolk hunt master making an improper suggestion to a female protester has been shown to a court.

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Dereham’s local air cadet unit is holding an open evening tonight to show what exciting opportunities it can offer.

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Do you remember Dereham’s slaughterhouse, right in the middle of town?

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An inquest has opened into the death of a Swaffham man who was the victim of a car crash on the A47 at Scarning, near Dereham.

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A total of 340 runners competed in Broadland District Council’s ninth annual Marriott’s Way 10K race on Sunday, October 8.

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They came from far and wide to remember a man many regard as the greatest guitarist of all time and his performance in the heart of Norfolk.

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Preparations are well under way for one of the biggest live events in Dereham’s history.

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Hundreds of Jimi Hendrix fans are expected to paint the town purple on Saturday as they celebrate 50 years since the legendary musician played a gig in Dereham.

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She has created bouquets for ballerinas and put together posies for royalty and now florist Janet Dodd is celebrating 30 years in business.

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Two of the nation’s favourite funny men have given a rural mid Norfolk pub a ringing endorsement after dropping in for three meals in a row.

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The victim of a fatal crash on the A47 at Scarning on Saturday was from the Swaffham area, police have said.

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New team vicar for Dereham ministry

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, welcomed a large congregation to All Saints Church in Swanton Morley for the licensing of the Rev James Rosie as Team Vicar of the Dereham and District Team Ministry.

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From a dog looking like it is wearing a hat and about to play a guitar, to sweaty musicians, this year’s Dereham Blues Festival photographic competition once again brought in some top class entries.

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A call for more drastic action has been made to highlight the need for improved safety measures on the A47 following another fatal accident at the weekend.

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When a headteacher at a rural north Norfolk school took the brave decision to ban mobile phones in the classroom he never expected a French TV crew to be interviewing pupils soon afterwards.

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From Father Christmas in a grotto to live reindeer, a tree of wishes, lantern parade, music and a market, Dereham is set to sparkle brighter than ever this festive season.

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Drinkers from Dereham pubs are taking part in a pub crawl with a difference this weekend.

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Jumping Jaz skydives in a flash for charity

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A college student took to the skies in aid of a cancer charity.

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Fans of the music of Jimi Hendrix will be spoilt for choice as two gigs have been organised in Dereham on the same night to mark exactly 50 years since he played in the market town.

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A Dereham woman is appealing for help to trace a coat that belonged to her late grandmother and was given to a charity shop by mistake.

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A Norfolk charity is urging people who depend on heating oil for their homes to buy early and save money ahead of the colder weather and longer nights approaching.

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Signs point to WHSmith store for Dereham

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Estate agent signs on an empty shop in Dereham are raising hopes that a major retailer will soon confirm its intention to open a store in the town.

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Class A drugs seized in raid in Dereham

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Police say they have taken more Class A drugs off of Norfolk’s streets.

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A number of changes to bus services in Norfolk will be introduced later this week.

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Gallery: Zip wire event at Dereham Windmill hailed a success

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Two youngsters, who were injured in separate accidents while enjoying the Dereham Carnival, counted down to the first teddy bear on the zip wire at Dereham Windmill on Sunday.

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A father who set up a crowd-funding page to replace his son’s life-saving nebuliser has reached his target in just eight hours but will carry on fundraising for a charity which supported them.

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New or relocating businesses in Breckland’s five market towns are being given the opportunity to claim up to 80 percent rate relief in their first year.

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It is almost time to get your glitter on, sew in the sequins and take the ride of your life for the Norfolk premiere of one of Broadway’s most popular and acclaimed musicals.

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A youth football club in Dereham is calling on the community for support to help keep the organisation afloat.

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A mouth-watering programme of local talents and skills will be taking to the stage at Dereham’s Memorial Hall in just over two weeks’ time as the town prepares for its first Fringe Festival.

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A new development of 127 houses has been given approval for land behind the redundant maltings in Dereham but the maltings building itself will not be brought back into commercial use.

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Tributes have been paid to the much-loved former chairman of the Dereham RAF association.

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From brilliant arts venues to wonderful artists to great festivals, an amazing array of cultural champions from across the county have been nominated for the 2017 EDP People’s Choice Awards - and now it is time for you to vote for who you think should win the best small organisation or project accolade.

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The residential course remains a popular form of educational break, from pottery and painting to allotment-keeping. But how about cheese-making?

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A programme of resurfacing and improvements to the A47 in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk were unveiled at an exhibition in King’s Lynn.

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It was sold out for the sixth consecutive year, and everyone went home happy again from the Reepham Summer Music Festival.

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They came carrying their deckchairs and rucksacks as if to a social event rather than a live concert.

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Significant work has been carried out to make public paths in Dereham more ‘walker-friendly’ and new plaques have been installed to mark the improved routes.

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Love stories are a cinematic staple, but at Dereham’s Hollywood cinema, one real-life romance is about to reach its happily-ever-after.

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The people of Dereham are being urged to pay tribute to a fallen soldier from the town, 100 years after his death.

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The brother of a runner who suffered a cardiac arrest just before the end of the Run Norwich 10K road race said the father-of-two is “lucky to be alive” and keen to thank those who saved his life.

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If you have been lucky enough to dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant recently, the chances are the beautiful garnish on your dish or the mini vegetables in your side salad were grown in Norfolk.

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Volunteers are needed for a project aiming to bring to life the famous letters of a Norfolk family who rose from peasantry to aristocracy.

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A bid to build 100 homes on employment land in Dereham has finally been approved, despite a previous refusal and dismissal at appeal.

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A new development of 14 homes on land in Hockering has been approved in order to give a growing business the opportunity to create new jobs in Breckland.

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A new autism support group aimed at young people is being launched in South Norfolk.

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A social enterprise that aims to provide an affordable way to travel has said that demand for the service is growing fast.

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The Railway Tavern in Dereham raised £154 for Breast Cancer Now charity at the Dereham Carnival.

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A group of Brownies, who won Dereham Carnival’s award for best float in the parade, are donating their £100 prize money to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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Knitted poppies that formed part of a colourful display at the war memorial for the Dereham Carnival are raising money for the Royal British Legion.

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Physical and financial growth are firmly in the sight line of an air rifle shooting range near Dereham.

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Thousands of people came out to line the streets of Dereham to enjoy a colourful Carnival.

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Every last detail is being fine-tuned to ensure Dereham Carnival this Sunday is a celebration to remember.

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Resourceful students foraged for food, built shelters and survived a storm as part of a challenge to test their nerve and build their courage.

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The Dereham Blues Festival has enjoyed another stellar year, with thousands flooding to the mid Norfolk market town to enjoy bands from across the country.

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The final stitches are being put in place to turn a market town into a wonderfully woolly spectacle for its annual carnival.

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A lorry driver was acting on “pure instinct” when he saved a motorist’s life and almost certainly prevented a multiple pile-up.

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The trophy cabinet at Neatherd High School in Dereham has a new addition after a group of dancers won a prestigious national competition.

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Tickets please! Pupils at one Dereham school will now be queuing up to get on a bus for a journey into the world of books and reading.

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Intrepid employees from a Dereham-based manufacturer have completed an obstacle course to raise money in memory of a former colleague.

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There is just one week to go until one of the biggest blues music festivals in the country kicks off in Dereham.

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It has been called the finest historic church in Norfolk, and one of the best in Britain.

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An angling match held in memory of a keen fisherman raised £551 for the Cromer RNLI.

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With the Royal Norfolk Show just around the corner here are some important house-keeping notes for all showgoers to make your experience even better...

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The mother of a young girl who suffered a panic attack at the Little Mix concert in Newmarket has said she is “beyond grateful” to two Dereham heroes who came to her aid.

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It was an auspicious night for future couples to meet on.

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A Dereham couple have made it onto the Independent’s ninth annual Happy List, which celebrates 50 inspirational men, women and children whose extraordinary, selfless acts have made our country a better place.

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A village school has literally drafted in the troops to give their grounds a much-needed lift.

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A Beetley schoolgirl will be following in the footsteps of international stars Lily James and Daisy Ridley when she performs in a dance show in London, as part of a prestigious performing arts school.

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A selection of Lacons’ ales will be featured at a popular Norfolk pub’s first beer festival and garden party under new management.

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A cheque donation of £1350 will go towards essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and care at Redwings horse sanctuary.

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About 200 people attended a summer party held to raise awareness of an association that helps parishes develop play areas.

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A fashion show at Dereham’s Neatherd High School included contributions from local stores as well as students’ own creations.

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Breckland Council has invited George Freeman to discuss its partnership with Capita, which runs its building control process, in more detail after the Mid Norfolk MP added his “deep concerns” about the authority’s handling of recent planning applications.

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Breckland Council has won a prestigious national prize, which recognises excellence in local authorities that use collaboration and commercialism to create income from their property assets.

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Families and staff from a disability education and day service will lead a free charity walk on Friday, June 30 to help raise awareness of people with disabilities in the community.

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Breckland Council chairman Kate Millbank commended those who face danger to keep us safe as the Armed Forces flag was raised at the council offices in Dereham.

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Police were called to the Tesco car park in Dereham yesterday after a concerned shopper spotted a dog had been left in a motorhome.

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The community rallied round to support a village fete on one of the hottest days of the year.

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The Mayor of Dereham has pledged to provide support for the town’s two twinning groups during her year in office.

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Dereham’s youth theatre group DOSYTCo is rehearsing hard to put on a great summer concert celebrating 60 years of pop, rock and musical theatre.

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A fruit and vegetable trader has thanked the community for its support after finally being granted permission to sell produce to the public from the company’s wholesale warehouse.

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Flying Kiwi chef Chris Coubrough visited Stibbard All Saints Primary School to officially open its new kitchen.

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The Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall (FDMH) has embarked on its most ambitious and far-reaching project since it was formed four years ago.

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In medieval times churches were filled with colourful paintings and a group of quilters is proud to have brought some brightness back to one particular place of worship.

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First there was Chalky the all-white blackbird - and now another rare bird has been spotted in Norfolk - Alby the albino sparrow.

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A farmer has thanked “the spirit of Norfolk” for the swift return of his calf which went missing over the weekend.

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A fruit and vegetable trader will be able to sell produce to the public from the company’s wholesale warehouse after planners granted permission.

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It has been her dream for years to study at one of the top musical theatre colleges in the country.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are 10 things to keep you entertained in mid and north Norfolk.

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