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Population: 9,994

Nearby Towns: King's Lynn, Swaffham, Wisbech

A fire station which burned down is being replaced with a new blue light hub.

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Trinity Rotary Club, The Magpie Centre for Riding for the Disabled and the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service are organising a charity 10k run and walk.

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Three schools entered a competition to design the medals for this year’s Downham Market Games.

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Plans for 240 homes on the edge of Downham Market have been given the go-ahead.

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The A10 has been closed after a crash involving three vehicles.

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A road bridge or underpass will now be needed as part of long-awaited improvements to the worst bottleneck on the region’s railway network.

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Plans for 240 new homes on the edge of Downham market look set to get the go-ahead.

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A popular family-run record store will be shutting up shop after 45 years.

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Passengers have been promised fewer delays and more reliable services by the country’s biggest rail franchise.

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Money saved by closing a town’s police station and making PCSOs redundant have made more resources available for front line policing, a public meeting heard tonight.

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Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner and Chief Constable will be answering questions from the public at a special event in West Norfolk next week.

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Common cranes have bred for the first time at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Welney Wetland Centre.

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Two men have been arrested over the unsolved death of a man eight years ago.

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A buzzard found dead in the West Norfolk Fens was not shot.

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A new sport has been added to the growing line up of activities taking place at this year’s Downham Games.

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Years ago, people in the Fens lay awake and worried about flooding. Nowadays, Dan Pollard stays up all night to stop it happening.

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One of Norfolk’s prettiest stations now has a bijou buffet.

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The RSPCA is caring for 12 rabbits after 17 were dumped in cages which were thrown into a roadside ditch.

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A Norfolk MP paid a visit to a West Norfolk brewery to shine a spotlight on the area’s tourism industry during English Tourism Week.

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A new community fridge in a West Norfolk town will help tackle food waste and aid families living in food poverty.

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Revised charges at a group of West Norfolk leisure centres go live from Monday.

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Three friends from Norfolk who have all experienced struggles with mental health have launched website to offer advice to others suffering in a similar way.

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A new JD Wetherspoon pub is set to open in a historic building in West Norfolk which has remained closed for nearly three years.

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Two burglaries in Downham Market

Monday, March 5, 2018

Police are investigating two burglaries in Downham Market.

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While hundreds of schools were closed across the region because of the weather, one was determined to go the extra mile for pupils.

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Fairy Fair returns to Norfolk

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Fairy Fair is returning to Norfolk, bringing magical events to two new venues.

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Trains are running as normal in West Norfolk, after five days of disruption.

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Reprieve for popular vintage rally

Monday, February 12, 2018

One of the region’s biggest vintage rallies has won a reprieve.

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Six fire crews sent to house blaze

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fire investigators are tonight trying to establish the cause of a blaze which left a home severely damaged.

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Two drivers face six points on their licence and a £200 fine after failing to spot a marked police patrol car.

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It sat on a mantlepiece for years undisturbed. Which was probably just as well, because it could have exploded at any time.

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Train travellers will soon be on track for a new refreshment stop.

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Do you recognise this man..? Police want to talk to him about thefts from three shops in West Norfolk.

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A popular family-focused games event has officially launched in Downham Market, now in it’s seventh year.

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Strenghtening a bridge will help ease delays on train services between King’s Lynn and Ely.

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Thousands of leisure centre users in West Norfolk could face higher charges for sports facilities.

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Wallet stolen in burglary

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A wallet and cash were stolen in a burglary in Downham Market.

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New defibrillator for primary school

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A new defibrillator serving Downham Market will be installed outside Hillcrest Primary School.

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Homeless women and those on low incomes in West Norfolk will benefit from the extension of a service set up to provide free sanitary products at libraries.

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Plans for 250 homes turned down

Monday, January 8, 2018

Plans for 250 new homes on the outskirts of Downham Market have been turned down.

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Poll: Homes scheme set to get go-ahead today

Monday, January 8, 2018

Controversial plans for 250 new homes on the outskirts of Downham Market look set to get the go-ahead today.

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Shoppers were able to offer bags of help to the West Norfolk Mind peer support group based in Downham Market.

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Controversial plans for 250 new homes on the outskirts of Downham Market look set to get the go-ahead.

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Police are warning householders after an increase in thefts of heating fuel.

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Students in technology challenge

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Downham Market Rotary held its annual Technology Tournament in the Town Hall.

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Teenagers raise £1,100 for hospital

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Downham Market teenager and her friends have raised more than £1,000 to help young patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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Norfolk school ‘requires improvement’

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A school in the Fens requires improvement, says the education watchdog.

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A man has been charged after a number of incidents in Stoke Ferry earlier this week.

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When Robert Fleming watched one of the world’s most powerful weapons detonate 60 years ago, little did he know of the lasting impact it would have on future generations.

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A popular pub on a station platform is set to re-open.

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Drivers will face diversions during modications to one of the most important sluices in the Fens.

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A student turned from a class troublemaker to a role model in his school, all whilst overcoming attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Tornado squadrons from RAF Marham have been awarded special battle honours for raids on Libya.

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Three new Public Spaces Protection Orders which will restrict alcohol consumption in areas of King’s Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market are now in force.

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Three arrested after rave in Norfolk

Monday, October 2, 2017

Three people who attended an unlicensed music event at Barton Bendish, between Swaffham and Downham Market at the weekend have been arrested.

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Galileo used his telescope to scan the stars. Now police working on an operation named after him use drones to scan the Fens for hare coursers.

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Pupils got a cinema trip to reward them for their school work or good behaviour.

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A number of electrical items, a purse and wallet were stolen from a propety in Outwell.

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Wreckage of a British Second World War aircraft which disappeared on a mission to Norway has been discovered in the North Sea.

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Fund raising events held at the Downham Home and Garden store have raised more than £9,000 for cancer care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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A car was stolen after its keys were stolen in a burglary.

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Look away now if you’re scared of creepy crawlies..

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Farmers’ leaders fear there will be an increase in hare coursing after the harvest.

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The public are growing concerned at the lack of police resources, Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner heard when he held a supermarket surgery.

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Labour came close to matching the Conservatives’ spending on campaign materials in South West Norfolk - but the Tories still won double their votes when it came to the crunch.

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Council offices in two towns look set to close because few people use them.

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Police made 22 arrests and seized 36 vehicles in a crackdown on countryside crime last month.

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Students at Downham Market Academy have graduated in a special team building and leadership programme run in conjunction with RAF Marham.

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New train timetables mean travelling between King’s Lynn and London will take longer.

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A waste disposal company is under investigation after villagers were plagued with flies.

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The head of the trust which has taken over Downham Market Academy says it will take a “hands-on” approach to getting it out of special measures.

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The new trust which will oversee a failing academy has been revealed today.

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An MP has called for new leadership at a failing secondary school.

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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

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A supermarket chain is investigating a fatal collision involving one of its lorries.

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A supermarket chain is investigating a fatal collision involving one of its lorries.

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More than 12,000 new homes have been built in the last five years in Norfolk. Will we get the GP surgeries and schools too?

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Tributes have been paid to a man who died when his car left the road and crashed into a ditch.

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Organisers of a race run to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) had to call it out after a runner collapsed.

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Paul Coulten is hosting a picnic with a difference in his garden.

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Do King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton need new orders giving police extra powers to control drink-related anti-social behaviour?

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Academy students are working with the Downham Games to promote the event to young people.

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Primary school pupils are finding out about life in the Fens 100 years ago through the eyes of two men who wrote about their heritage.

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Elizabeth Truss maintained a tradition stretching back more than 50 years when she won South West Norfolk, with a majority of almost 14,000, in 2015.

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Robbery in Downham Market

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Police are hunting two robbers after a man was attacked in Downham Market today.

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The family of a man whose death seven years ago remains unsolved have joined detectives to make a fresh appeal for information.

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