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Population: 7,357

Nearby Towns: Dereham, Holt, Hunstanton

Bonnet's Vino, riden by Gina Andrews, wins the second race of the day at Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt

The sun shone on racegoers for the National Hunt meeting at Fakenham Racecourse on Friday.

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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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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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Wesley Smith, who is homeless and lives rough in a tent. Picture: Chris Bishop

Being homeless is more than not having a home. It’s days filled with loneliness, weeks with no money and years with no hope.

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The Crown in Fakenham is reopening. Picture: Ian Burt

The Crown in Fakenham will reopen tomorrow night, Friday, February 10.

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Gayle Curtis is celebrating the publication of her first book Too Close.  Picture: Jamie Maxwell

Good things come to those who wait, they say, and that certainly rings true for Norfolk-born author Gayle Curtis.

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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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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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North Walsham Velo members gather at the town's Market Cross before one of their Sunday morning rides. Picture: NORTH WALSHAM VELO

A cycling club set up two years ago in north Norfolk by friends who wanted to lose weight and get fitter now has some 120 members.

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A screenshot of the listing on Airbnb which has now been removed. Photo: Airbnb/screenshot

A weekend away to Amsterdam has left one group from Fakenham hundreds of pounds out-of-pocket after they fell victim to a scam on a booking website.

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Miriam Flower is the last surviving child of the founder of the Aldiss department store in Fakenham. She has just celebrated her 100th birthday. Picture: Courtesty of Tim Aldiss

The last surviving child of WJ Aldiss, the founder of the Aldiss department store in Fakenham, has celebrated her 100th birthday.

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Alie Hannam at The Crown in Fakenham. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Crown in Fakenham will open again in the next couple of weeks under new management.

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Coffee morning organisers Sue Hart (left) and Glynis Clack serve , from left, Sue Churcher, Joyce Cousins, Anita Woodget and Angela Elliott.

A group of women that run a monthly coffee morning at the Memorial Pavilion, South Creake’s community centre, has already raised £500 towards a defibrillator from the fundraising get-togethers.

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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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Matthew Parr-Burman. Picture: Ian Burt

Community chiefs are calling for the Fakenham College site in Wells Road to be looked after and well-used after sixth formers move out later this year.

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George Acheson.

An extraordinary meeting of Fakenham Town Council will be held on Wednesday.

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The 'Get Well Bell' appeal at Fakenham Junior School has so far raised over £5,000. Picture: Ian Burt

A project to raise £35,000 and repair the bell tower at Fakenham Junior School is on course to meet its target, after being launched four months ago.

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Emergency services are on scene.

The A47 at Narborough in west Norfolk has reopened, following a crash involving two lorries.

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Protests against cuts to lollipop services: Pictures: Steffan Aquarone

Protesters gathered at a school crossing in Briston, near Melton Constable, yesterday against proposals to cut a lollipop service.

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Adrian Riley has completed a sponsored challenge for charity: Pictures: Adrian Riley

It’s a challenge that has never been completed before, and Adrian Riley did it with two weeks to spare.

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Gavin English with nursing auxiliary Lisa Newman, fundraising executive Laurence Morlaàs (seated) and Macmillan information and support manager Vicky Mitchell.

A man has written a second book to raise more money for a hospital in his wife’s memory.

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Villagers turned out in force to protest about proposed new housing in Sculthorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

A government inspector will have ther final say over controversial plans to build 200 homes in the middle of the village after a six-day public hearing in April.

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The Crown in Fakenham has closed again. Picture: Ian Burt

The former hotel and coaching inn opened as a restaurant and bar last year after being shut for around seven years.

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The property in Little Massingham, near King’s Lynn, after firefighters extinguished the blaze. Photo: Archant

A 94-year-old woman had a “lucky escape” when a blaze tore through her house in the early hours of the morning.

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Cycle racing gets under way atFakenham's Easter Sunday Funday. Picture: Chris Bishop

Active Fakenham will be repeating last year’s official British Cycling trials, along with a UK Athletics RunEngland 5k running race and fun run on Sunday, April 16.

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Plans to develop the site were first revealed in 2009. Picture: Matthew Usher

Trinity College Cambridge first revealed plans to build on the northern outskirts of the town in 2009.

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The chapel in Queen's Road Cemetery, Fakenham, which could be turned into new town council offices. Picture: Chris Bishop

Some councillors believe the building, in the Queens Road Cemetery, could be turned into an “attractive public facility” for concerts, weddings and events, as well as council offices and a meeting room.

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Bumble and Simon Rowe out collecting for this year's toy appeal. Picture: Ian Burt

A west Norfolk radio station is hoping to put smiles back on the faces of hundreds of children this Christmas, when they each receive a gift donated through an annual appeal.

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The General Townshend Club, in Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt

A club founded to support ex-servicemen has voted to cut its ties with the British Legion.

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The UK Border Agency.

About half the staff at a west Norfolk care home have been ordered to leave Britain, after the licence allowing them to legally work here was withdrawn.

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Official opening of the new Early Years area at Litcham School. Picture: Ian Burt

It was a dreary area not much frequented by youngsters before its makeover.

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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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Fakenham Academy students’ gift of love

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Students from Fakenham Academy have been collecting items to fill shoe boxes for the Christian charity Blythswood Care. Pictured is Harriett Baldock (11). Picture: Ian Burt

Almost 100 people in some of Europe’s poorest countries will have a present from north Norfolk this Christmas.

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Marham choir features on festive album

Monday, October 17, 2016
RAF Marham military wives choir: Pictures Brian Sadler

The Military Wives are back and the beautiful voices of nearly 50 women from a Norfolk RAF station feature on new recordings to be released for Christmas.

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The hospital’'s Macmillan information and support manager Vicky Mitchell with Gavin English and fundraising executive Laurence Moorlaàs: Picture Victoria Fear

Treasured memories of sitting with his wife on a bench at a hospital while she was being treated for cancer inspired a 79-year-old man to donate a bench in her memory.

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Lloyd with golden eagle Tilly. Picture: John Waters

Lloyd Buck will be giving a talk and demonstration at Fakenham College on Saturday, October 29 (6.00pm) in aid of Sculthorpe Moor nature reserve.

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Maurice Sills, centre, with Capital Canaries at this week's Norwich City match. Picture: Kevin Theobald

For most 101-year-olds, a slow pace of life is in order.

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The Heritage House charity run on the Holkham Estate. Picture: Ian Burt

The beautiful surroundings of one of north Norfolk’s most attractive country estates was again the backdrop for an annual charity run.

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50th anniversary of Cranmer House in Fakenham. Pictured are (from left) Kathleen Parker, Janet Bidewell, Margaret Rawling, Ria Bidewell, Maureen Harboard and manager Kirsty Sleightholme. Picture: Ian Burt

Staff, clients, family and friends gathered today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a much-loved care home.

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Norwich Street, in Fakenham, where traders are calling for speed humps. Picture: Chris Bishop

Officers installed special monitoring equipment on Fakenham’s Norwich Street between August 16 and 29.

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Brothers (L) Steven and Roger Lowe are closing the Station Garage in Docking after 25 years. Picture: Ian Burt

Customers once compared the quality service at Station Garage in Docking to that shown in the Heartbeat TV series, which was set in the 1960s.

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Construction work on new homes. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A housing development comprising 77 new homes on an “eyesore” site could get the green light from planners next week, despite strong opposition from the parish council.

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Some of the volunteers that helped to build the new boardwalk and the Volunteers' Hide at the reserve. Picture: Ian Burt

Volunteer builders, sponsors and supporters of a new boardwalk and bird watching hide, which offer panoramic views of the Wensum Valley, were thanked at its official opening.

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Alderman Peel High School PE teachers Matt Hardman and Kirsty Hardman at the opening ceremony in Rio.

When PE teachers Matt and Kirsty Hardman got married, they decided to postpone their honeymoon - and celebrate their first anniversary at the Olympics.

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Craig Prior playing rugby

He collapsed at his home in the town’s Jubilee Avenue, in February 2014. An inquest recorded an open verdict and his death remains unexplained.

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Jack Richards & Sons MD Peter Brown at the depot in Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hauliers need to promote a more diverse workforce to plug a potential 100,000 shortfall in truck drivers next year, MPs have said.

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Kinnerton needs 100 extra staff for its production line in Fakenham.

The town’s biggest employer says it is looking to invest for the future by increasing its permanent workforce in the town.

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Generic image of a police car belonging to the Norfolk Constabulary.
Picture: James Bass

A crash and fuel spillage has blocked Norwich Road in both directions.

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Pupils at Burnham Market Primary School have made artwork for The Norfolk Hospice at Hillington. Pictured are (from left) Reilly (11), Martin (10), Lucy (11) and Annabelle (10). Picture: Ian Burt

Colourful birds have been around the tranquil and peaceful gardens of a hospice as part of an art project involving Norfolk schools.

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From left, Annie Claussen-Reynolds, Roy Reynolds, Steven Ward and Andreas Yiasimi. Picture: Supplied

North Norfolk council took legal action against its own chairman for non-payment of council tax, we can reveal today.

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Amie Hutchison has won a two-year scholarship to play softball in America. Picture: Ian Burt

Amie Hutchison, from North Park, will be joining the Eastern Florida State College in the autumn.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honour at the summer ball at Houghton Hall, near Fakenham, in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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The Berendsen plant, at Fakenham. Picture: Chris Bishop

Noise from a Fakenham laundry has become “intolerable” since it underwent a £2.4m extension, claim neighbours.

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James Antcliff-Stone outside the Crown Hotel, in Fakenham.

A landmark hotel which has been closed for more than seven years is set to re-open within weeks.

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Gregory the goose, who has been killed by a stray dog. Picture: Terry Large

A community is mourning a much-loved village mascot, killed by a stray dog.

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Emergency services at the scene of a serious collision outside the doctors surgery on Station Road, Great Massingham. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A small west Norfolk community is in shock today after a man in his 80s died in a road crash.

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Round the World Cyclist Joe Henry returns home after his year long journey, to the Krusty Loaf Bakery in Holt. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A year ago Norfolk baker Joe Henry rode out on his bicycle from Fring. Today he rode into Holt, 26 miles away, having passed through 30 countries and pedalled 18,000 miles in the intervening 12 months.

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North Norfolk District Councillor retiring chairman Annie Claussen-Reynolds presenting cheques to her chosen charities from left Tony Ing, of the Benjamin Foundation, Annie Claussen-Reynolds, Rosemary Ditchman, of the Wensum Centre, and Bev Townsend, of the Benjamin Foundation's young carers' group. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Two Norfolk charities have benefited from cash raised during a council chairman’s year in office.

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Jennifer Lonsdale at her home in Great Ryburgh. Picture: Matthew Usher

When Jennifer Lonsdale joined the fledgling movement to save the whales in the 1970s, she never expected to win Royal approval.

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An artist's impression of the new Aldiss building

Here’s how a new Aldiss store in Fakenham town centre is expected to look after the previous store was destroyed by a blaze which also ripped through seven flats and two neighbouring shops two years ago.

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The big thing in the early 80s? CB radio had reached Fakenham.

Back in 1982, citizen’s band or CB radio was the big thing.

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A vew of the earth from near space, captured by FANHAB1.

After months of planning and preparation, and one postponement due to poor weather, a group of Fakenham Academy Norfolk students launched a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) into the Near Space region of the earth’s atmosphere reaching a height of 26,533m.

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Cranmer House, in Fakenham, where beds are under review. Picture: Chris Bishop

Feelings are running high over plans to close 30 beds at a Fakenham care home today - as officials meet behind closed doors to discuss them.

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Coasthopper bus when the service was first launched in 2009.  PHOTO: IAN BURT  COPY:Annabelle Dickson  FOR:EDP News  EDP pics © 2009  (01603)772434

Bus operators that operate a popular service to and around the Norfolk coast have agreed to look into how the service can be improved following a public meeting last night in Thornham, near Hunstanton.

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Emergency services at the scene of the house fire on Dereham Road in Hempton, near Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The parents of a 44-year-old man who died in a house fire have paid tributes to their “dependable” son.

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Woodfordes horse and dray

A brewery’s horse and dray will parade through Norwich before the Lord Mayor starts this year’s City of Ale festivities.

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Cranmer House, in Fakenham, where beds are under review. Picture: Chris Bishop

Health chiefs want to replace 30 beds at the Fakenham care home with a “supported care service”, where community teams will care for people in their own homes.

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Alan and Pauline Taylor have retired from cutting hair at Alan Hair designs for 40 years. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The couple moved to the town from London with their two young children in 1975, when Alan got a job in Nevera’s, in Bridge Street, in 1975.

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Morrisons in Fakenham, where there has been an armed robbery. Picture: Chris Bishop

A burned-out car was found at Hindringham, just under 10 miles from the scene of the supermarket raid today.

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A caravan that was pushed over and set on fire in Exeter Way, Thetford.

Vandals have prompted police to take action against anti-social behaviour after at least three cars were pushed over, and a caravan was tipped over and set on fire.

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Lisa Richards, north west regional director at Jack Richards & Sons. Picture: Submitted

Haulage giant Jack Richards & Son has always celebrated its heritage, but it is now turning its attention to the future and the next generation. SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

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Aldiss store in Fakenham . Picture: Matthew Usher.

A traditional retail ethos has paid off for a Norfolk furniture store as shoppers’ renewed tastes for home improvements boosted figures by almost 10pc.

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Two machinists working on machine. Photo: Getty Images.

There are 172 mechanical and engineering opportunities available across Norfolk on Jobs24.co.uk, offering candidates a wide range of salaries and covering a variety of skills.

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Norwich Street, in Fakenham, where traders are calling for speed humps. Picture: Chris Bishop

More than 300 people have signed a petition calling for speed humps in the centre of Fakenham.

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Rock4Jasmine returns to Fakenham

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Craig Lewis with his daughter Jasmine. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The event, now in its third year, raises funds for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital’s paediatric department.

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Emma Bramham-Jones, pictured here with her 18 month-old daughter Sophie and her dad Rob Battersby, has written and illustrated her first children's book called 'Farmer Rob gets in a muddle'. Picture: Ian Burt

Farmer Rob got in a rum old muddle when he drove his tractor into a very deep puddle.

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Runners in the 5k race. Picrture: Chris Bishop

The sun reappeared over town as the 5k running race set off from the Market Place.

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Police say they were called to an address in Hempton at 9am today over “concerns for safety”.

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Glen Mallett at the Fakenham Beer Festival, which opens tonight. Picture: Chris Bishop

The festival gets under way at 7pm and runs until 2pm on Sunday.

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Clare Vassallo from Fakenham, is running the 2016 Manchester Marathon for the playgroup which supported her son Fred. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Clare Vassallo’s son Freddie, now aged 10, has attended Fakenham Children’s Daycare Centre, on Field Lane, before and after school and during the holidays since 2007. Its support enabled her to return to work full-time.

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Pictured with some of the new fruit trees, from left: Mike Owers, walled garden project manager, Chris Porter, bookshop volunteer manager and Helen Bailey, general manager at Blickling Hall. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A breathtaking sea of blossom is set to charm future visitors to a much-loved Norfolk attraction, thanks to a lot of spade work this week.

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Karl James, who was found dead in Fakenham in last October. Picture: Submitted

The inquest in Norwich heard that Mr James’s body was found in a toilet cubicle in Bridge Street, on October 8, last year.

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A daughter has been jailed for stealing thousands of pounds from her mum who she was supposed to be looking after.

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The Methodist Songs of Praise service held at the Thursford Collection. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Almost 1,000 people gathered at the event held at the Thursford Collection, near Fakenham, and is considered one of the largest Methodist events to be held in East Anglia.

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A new viewing platform is being put in place at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The reserve, near Fakenham, hopes to reopen tomorrow after being closed for four days because of flooding caused by the heavy rains last week.

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Chestnut Close in Fakenham where the lime trees were felled. Picture: Ian Burt

A company director and his firm have been fined thousands of pounds after two protected trees were cut down.

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Lyz Hall at Hallswood Animal Sanctuary, Stratton Strawless . 
Picture: Simon Finlay

A thief has stolen pet food from a supermarket donations box collecting for an animal sanctuary.

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Honey's in Fakenham, is closing down at the weekend. Pictured is manager Nick Honey. Picture: Ian Burt

Owner Nick Honey said Honey’s, in Miller’s Walk, would close its doors for the final time on Saturday.

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