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Population: 21,588

Nearby Towns: Attleborough, Diss, Watton

One of the main gateways to Norfolk, Thetford sits on the border with neighbouring Suffolk and boasts a rich history and a wealth of natural beauty.

Situated in the heart of Thetford Forest, the historic town dates back to the time of the Iceni, and its famous residents include Boudica, Thomas Paine and the Maharajah Duleep Singh.

The last two centuries have seen it become an industrial hub, with the Charles Burrell factory employing the majority of the town in the early 20th century.

The 1960s saw the town expand due to the incoming London overspill, and recent years have seen it became a centre for migration from Portugal and eastern Europe.

Norwich City and Ipswich Town fans at Carrow Road in 2015. Picture  Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267
16/05/2015

Greater Anglia is running extra train services on Sunday for football supporters travelling to Norwich for the Championship local derby between Norwich City and Ipswich Town.

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Thetford mayor Terry Jermy at the 40th anniversary celebrations of Les Ulis, which is twinned with Thetford. He is pictured with the town's mayor Françoise Marhuenda. Picture: Terry Jermy

The Mayor of Thetford made a trip to France to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the town’s twin.

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Left to right, friend Clive Walker, bride Dee Pickersgill, groom Gary Pickersgill and Joan Walker at the wedding. Picture: GARY PICKERSGILL

After travelling from Boston for his dad’s wedding day, it was the last 100 metres that nearly stopped a father and son sharing the special day together.

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A sparrowhawk pictured in a Norwich garden. Picture: Graham Elvin

Sparrowhawk sightings in gardens were “well below” average this winter after a wet June hit the small birds they prey on, experts said.

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Attendees to the St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Open House session in Thetford enjoy a chat. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice Care

A support group which offers practical and emotional help to the families of those receiving end-of-life care has moved to a new location.

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Members of the PAIN-WASPI before their last demonstration in London. Picture: PAIN-WASPI

A Norfolk campaign group, who are taking action against the acceleration of the state pension age, are calling on other women to join their cause.

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Signage at UFS in Thetford.
Picture: Keith Mindham

East Anglian freight forwarding business UFS has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the Dutch logistics company IRF Holdings.

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Clean Bandit will perform at Thetford Forest. Left to right, Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto and Luke Patterson. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

British electronic music group Clean Bandit are the latest and last act to be announced for the Forest Live concert series at Thetford Forest.

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Raimie Watson. Picture: Suffolk Constabulary

A man in his 20s wanted on recall to prison is being sought by Suffolk Constabulary.

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A living van,  thought to be one of only three made by Charles Burrell and Sons,Thetford, still in existence, is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000 at auction. Picture: Cheffins

A living wagon with links to a Breckland town is set to sell for thousands of pounds at auction.

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The British Trust for Ornithology in Thetford. Pictured are (L) birdtrack support officer Stephen McAvoy and database developer Justin Walker. Picture: Ian Burt

Next week the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) will celebrate the 20th annual National Nestbox Week.

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Dorothy Marshall of Thetford (Breckland) Lionesses Club (left) with Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care community fundraiser. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice Care

A bereavement service for children and young people has been boosted after the generous fundraising efforts of an organisation.

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Corporate guests on a team building exercise at Center Parcs

A short break provider has received a double whammy of praise for its customer service.

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A round table meeting was held at Downham Market Town Hall to discuss the future of the Ely North Railway Junction with Network Rail last year. Left to right MP's Liz Frazer, Stephen Barclay, Elizabeth Truss, Henry Bellingham and George Freeman.

MPs were told today of a multi million pound offer by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to break the deadlock over funding rail improvements.

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The Thetford Awards Recognising Achievement held for the first time.
Thetford Youth History Group receive the first award.

Special guests and nominees are gearing up for an awards ceremony which is set to raise the high bar set by its inaugural event last year.

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Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, whose garden for World Horse Welfare is going on display at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Picture by Rose Tinted PR

Two garden designers are using their horticultural skills to shine a spotlight on invisible horses around the world, in aid of a charity close to their hearts.

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Bailey, one of 16 dogs who has been rehomed at the Snetterton Dogs Trust centre. Picture by Dogs Trust

A dogs charity is celebrating after 16 homeless hounds were found loving new homes to start their 2017 in.

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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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Thetford Community First Responders have been able to purchase a new car thanks to a donation from Pat and Joe Pearson's family foundation. Pictured: CFRs Elaine Bradley, Shauna Tate and Jamie Warnock with Pat and Joe Pearson. Picture by Bethany Whymark

First aid volunteers who provide emergency assistance to the ambulance service are back on the road after a local donor helped them purchase a new vehicle.

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Thetford Town Councillors in their ceremonial outfits before an event last year.

An ongoing row over headgear at a council has come to an end after it ruled all councillors shall have to keep their hats on during ceremonial meetings.

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Battlestations Activities at Snetterton. A battle with the Star Wars light sabers and Darth Vader.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In the heart of Norfolk, two ex-military men have created a sci-fi fan’s paradise combining a multitude of activities from laser tag to lightsaber combat.

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A BP machine has been stolen from School Lane Surgery in Thetford. Practice manager Carly Bassett and staff member Anabela Rodriguez. Picture by Bethany Whymark

A surgery is considering forking out for CCTV after its patients’ blood pressure machine was stolen.

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Students at Notre Dame High School, part of the Diocese of East Anglia. Picture: Keith Morris

Local people are being sought to help the Diocese of East Anglia champion its plans for new Catholic schools in Norwich and Thetford.

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Picture shows: Aerial view of Wymondham.
June 2005
Picture by: Mike Page

More schools which would take children from age four up to 16 could be created as part of a wider scheme aiming to ease the strain on Norfolk’s school places.

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The junction of White Hart Street, King Street and Bridge Street in Thetford, where roadworks will be taking place. Picture by Bethany Whymark

Businesses in a town centre are facing a tough period next month as resurfacing works shut their main access road.

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A stamp featuring Grime's Graves near Thetford, one of eight being released in Royal Mail's Ancient Britain set showing iconic sites and artefacts from prehistoric Britain. Picture by Royal Mail

An ancient Norfolk landmark is to be shared around the country as Royal Mail releases a set of stamps celebrating objects and sites from British prehistory.

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Birdwatchers gather to look at gulls on Burrell Way, Thetford. Picture by Dawn Balmer

Feathered visitors have caused a flurry of activity on an industrial estate.

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Police, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area.
Pic - Richard Marsham

Smoke and bright lights spotted in the sky over the Norfolk/Suffolk border – first reported as a downed aircraft – were most likely the result of a military training exercise.

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Police have charged a man for the possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. PHOTO: Denise Bradley

Emergency services were called to Thetford this afternoon after a car collided with a lorry on the A11.

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A man from Mundford has been sentenced for fly-tipping on Forestry Commission land near Brandon. Picture by Forest Heath District Council

A Norfolk man who dumped an array of rubbish on Forestry Commission land has been successfully prosecuted for fly-tipping.

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Jaden Jermy from Thetford is having a trial for England Chess team's closed championships.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Chess is a game which presents a challenge to even the brightest of minds.

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Emergency services were called to a crash. PIC: Denise Bradley.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a crash in Stow Bedon.

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Norfolk Wildlife Trust are currently recruiting for a range of seasonal and part-time roles. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Norfolk Wildlife Trust currently have nine different positions available across the county, including a warden role and catering vacancies.

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Emergency services were called to a crash in Caister. Picture: James Bass

An elderly woman sustained life-threatening injuries after a collision involving a tractor and two other vehicles.

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Opening of the St Nicholas Hospice Care shop in Riverside Walk, Thetford in 2014.

A charity is to close its Thetford shop this summer, ending a 20-year presence in the town.

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New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

The first day of the new term was a special occasion for pupils at an expanding primary school.

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The Polish Memorial at Riddlesworth.

Plans for a war memorial commemorating Polish soldiers who settled in a Suffolk town with their families after the Second World War have moved a step closer to fruition.

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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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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A programme of creative activities designed to give older people and those with dementia opportunities to get active and socialise is set to expand again after receiving grant funding from a district council.

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A quad bike and a trailer have been stolen from NBC Environment in Snetterton. Picture: NBC Environment

Police are appealing for information after a trailer and a quad bike were stolen from a business premises in south Norfolk.

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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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Jerry and Cathy Cuthbert, with some of their donated items.

A charitable couple whose trip to deliver Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children was cut short when their van broke down are able to recover the vehicle and the presents inside it after receiving more than £1,000 in donations.

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A planning application has been submitted to demolish the former Winners Bingo Hall on London Road, Brandon to make way for new homes. Picture by Terry Hawkins

A dilapidated bingo hall could be replaced with new homes under plans being put forward by the site’s owners.

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Norman Smith celebrating his 100th birthday.

Norman Smith, who devoted a lifetime to enriching the lives of others, has died aged 100.

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Police cordoned off the accident scene

A renewed warning has gone out to motorists to take care during cold weather after a driver was killed when their car hit a tree.

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The Deer's Leap pub in Thetford has a new landlord and is due to reopen after a refurbishment. Picture by Bethany Whymark

A popular pub which closed without warning is set to reopen as its owners close a deal with a new publican.

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Jodie McGill and her granddad Tom. After his death Jodie and her family, from Thetford, started a fundraising drive in his memory, named Tom's 10K, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Via Jodie McGill

It is the culmination of 10 months’ hard work and sporting efforts by a determined family.

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57th Rescue Squadron pracise parachute jump above RAF Lakenheath

Parachute jumps are being carried out at RAF Lakenheath as a rescue team practises saving comrades who have crashed behind enemy lines.

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Various shots from the wonderful tractor rally this morning

While many slumbered off the effects of Christmas indulgence, it was full steam ahead for the competitors in a larger-than-life charity road race this Boxing Day.

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Thetford Police Station.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A police station is preparing to reopen its doors following a four-month closure.

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Dave Barstow (right) is running 24 parkruns in 24 hours in Thetford in aid of children's charity Well Child. Picture by Dave Barstow

A parkrun enthusiast is taking his hobby to the next level in a festive charity challenge.

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Dog treats at Christmas, at the NCDL in Snetterton.
Miranda Sabey, training and behaviour advisor with Sherman.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

The base of the tree is piled high with presents, awaiting the arrival of their recipients on Christmas morning.

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Thetford's Abbey Estate.  Picture: Archant archives

The impact of a mass migration into a sleepy Norfolk community is to be explored in a new artistic project.

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Eight charities have received donations from the Thetford mayor's charity fund. (L-R) Phil Williams of Thetford Foodbank, Corinne Fulford of Thetford Music Project, mayor Terry Jermy, and Dave Hodgkinson of Thetford Community Association. Picture by Bethany Whymark

Christmas can be a difficult time for some charities as pressure on their services increases.

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Thetford Voices Choir visit care homes and sheltered housing around the town to sing carols.Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

A bumper choir spread festive cheer around their community with a day of carol concerts.

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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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Flagship Group is donating food boxes to foodbanks in Norwich, Dereham and Thetford. Picture by Flagship Group

Academy students have been helping to make Christmas better for less fortunate families in their town.

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Norwich Road Academy in Thetford has started construction on a new eco-friendly nursery building to meet rising demand for places. Picture by Academy Transformation Trust

A primary school is digging deep to tackle increased demand for places at its nursery.

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STAFF Five people have been arrested after police launched a murder enquiry following the death of a woman in Frobisher Close, Thetford. Picture by Bethany Whymark

Four people arrested in connection with drug and robbery offences following an incident in Thetford have been released on bail.

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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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The Breckland Brass Band play a fundraising performance outside Tesco in Brandon. Picutre by Lianne Spooner

A superstore teamed up with a local musical ensemble to spread festive cheer to its customers.

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The launch of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at The Light Cinema in Thetford. Pictures by Oliver Thompson

A new cinema took its customers out of this world with a special party to celebrate the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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The Christmas lights on June and Peter Daws' house in Fulmerston Close, Thetford. Picture by Peter and June Daws

It was a tradition which started more than 50 years ago – a homeowner trying to spread a little Christmas cheer to his town.

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Breaking New Ground and Norfolk Wildlife Trust along with Norfolk County Council are working on a ground disturbance programme at Brandon Heath to try and increase bird, plant and invertebrate populations. The work involves diggers scraping areas of ground to reveal bare mineral soil.
Pictured are l-r: Nick Dickson, Breaking New Ground project manager, Andy Palles-Clarke, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Ed Goodall, project officer, David Robertson, Norfolk COunty Council.

The year of 2016 will go down in many memories as one of great change.

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Cash stolen during Weeting burglary

Friday, December 16, 2016

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Weeting.

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Sean Hedges-Quinn, sculptor of Thetford's famous Captain Mainwaring statue, with mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy at the Dad's Army Museum, where Mr Hedges-Quinn drew a raffle ticket for the final of his 80 Mini Mainrwaring statues. Picture by Maria Cooke

Sitting proudly on his bench in a market town centre, Captain Mainwaring elicits many second glances and tourist snaps.

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Norwich Road Academy choir have visited four care homes and groups around Thetford to spread some Christmas cheer. Picture from Academy Transformation Trust

Pupils from a Thetford primary school spread festive cheer across their town visiting four local care homes and groups to bring Christmas spirit in to the local community.

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STAFF Five people have been arrested after police launched a murder enquiry following the death of a woman in Frobisher Close, Thetford. Picture by Bethany Whymark

Police have confirmed they are no longer treating the death of a woman in Thetford as suspicious.

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Police are investigating the death of a person in Durham Way, Thetford. Picture by Bethany Whymark

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man on the Abbey estate in Thetford.

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Des Reynolds, Executive Head Teacher for Short Stay School for Norfolk. Includes Rosebery School in King's Lynn.

A struggling free school which was slammed by inspectors three months ago is now making progress towards the removal of special measures, a report has claimed.

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Dan Cinelli, 100th Maintenance Group functional systems administrator at RAF Mildenhall, in the cockpit of a KC-135 Stratotanker, tail number 62-3516. The aircraft is the same one Mr Cinelli posed in for a photo in 1993 while a USAF staff sergeant at RAF Mildenhall. Picture by by Karen Abeyasekere

Back in June 1990, USAF staff sergeant Dan Cinelli arrived at a Suffolk air base as a maintainer of aircraft tankers.

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STAFF Five people have been arrested after police launched a murder enquiry following the death of a woman in Frobisher Close, Thetford. Picture by Bethany Whymark

Five people arrested on suspicion of murder of a woman in Thetford have been released on bail.

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STAFF Five people have been arrested after police launched a murder enquiry following the death of a woman in Frobisher Close, Thetford. Picture by Bethany Whymark

A quiet cul-de-sac has been left in shock after the death of a woman on their street prompted the launch of a murder enquiry.

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Thetford lord mayor Terry Jermy, left, and twon councillor Mike Brindle at Thetford's former Cottage Hospital site. Picture: VIA MIKE BRINDLE

The leader of a district council has admitted it has had no contact with the owners of a derelict hospital since it closed a decade ago.

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Barnham School celebrate their outstanding SIAMs. Headteacher Amy Arnold (in black) with assistant head Marie Bird. Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

A primary school is celebrating after receiving the highest accolade from a Christian school inspection body.

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Harling Athletics Club has been recognised at the Fields in Trust Awards 2016 for its work to promote the sport. Via Fields in Trust

An athletics club which began life with a handful of members two years ago is celebrating after gaining recognition at a national awards ceremony.

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Jewellery taken in Thetford burglary

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
(Picture: Denise Bradley)

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary in Thetford.

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The robber struck twice in the city in 15 minutes in Drayton Road and then in Aylsham Road (Picture: Antony Kelly)

Gold jewellery and hundreds of pounds raised for charity were among the items snatched by burglars from a couple’s home.

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STAFF Sharon Thompson, of First Aid Support Thetford, and Jamie Warnock, a volunteer with Thetford Community First Responders, are spearheading a  campaign to get a defibrillator installed on every estate in Thetford. Picture by Bethany Whymark

First aid volunteers are taking efforts to keep their community safe a step further by campaigning to get 10 defibrillators installed in their town.

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Thetford lord mayor Terry Jermy, left, and twon councillor Mike Brindle at Thetford's former Cottage Hospital site. Picture: VIA MIKE BRINDLE

Town councillors have clashed over a petition to bring a derelict community hospital back into use.

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The Thetford Community First Responders (CFRs) are appealing for donations towards a new vehicle as theirs nears the end of its life. Courtesy of Shauna Tate

Working with the ambulance service, they help to provide life-saving care to people in their community.

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Members and coaches at Thetford Boxing Club at its premises in Brunel Way. Picture by Stuart Clay.

A new sports club which has welcomed more than 100 members since opening two months ago is appealing for sponsorship.

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Breckland Council chairman Bill Borrett (centre, with chain) with local councillors, community and business representatives, partners and others to celebrate the launch of Thetford Riverside. Pictures by Keith Mindham

A new £8m leisure complex is now open to the public.

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Thetford lord mayor Terry Jermy, left, and twon councillor Mike Brindle at Thetford's former Cottage Hospital site. Picture: VIA MIKE BRINDLE

The future of a derelict hospital is looking brighter after 1,600 people signed a petition to see it reopened.

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Poppy-Mai Barnard with her family, Mum Sammi and Dad Andy in Thetford to watch the Eddie Stobart lorry which has been named after her. Picture by Sonya Duncan

The parents of a toddler whose struggle with cancer touched thousands of hearts are receiving a donation from a US firm towards the charity they founded in her name.

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Visitors enjoy the music, sunshine and food at the 2016 Red Rooster Festival at Euston near Thetford.

A rhythm and blues festival is returning to a country estate for the fourth time in 2017.

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Police have charged a man for the possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. PHOTO: Denise Bradley

Three boxes containing family trinkets have been stolen from a house in Thetford.

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Fran Robinson, Thetford town councillor

A row over traditional dress in the council chamber came to a head last night after one councillor arrived without her hat.

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STAFF Thetford mayor Terry Jermy and town councillor Mark Taylor had a bet about the outcome of the American election, in which Mr Jermy said he would 'eat his hat' if Donald Trump won. In the next full council meeting Mr Taylor brought in a hat-adorned cake for Mr Jermy - only to find out his council colleague had had the same idea.

The result of the American election provided both happy and shocking surprises for millions around the world.

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Croxton Road flood, Thetford. Picture James Daniel Reeves

Engineers are continuing repairs after a water main burst in Thetford yesterday.

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The Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford has held its first 10K Forest Run. Picture by Mark Snowdon

Amateur and practised runners from across the region were put through their paces during a community centre’s first cross country run.

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Brandon Day Care Centre is to stay open after Suffolk County Council found a new provider. Town councillor Reg Silvester and trustee of Brandon Community Association Denise Williams were among those appealing to keep the service open.

A community is breathing a sigh of relief after a valuable day care centre was saved from closure.

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A look around the new Light Cinema in Thetford ahead of their grand opening.
L-r David winch, director of land group, cllr Bill Borrett and brand manager Phil Dove.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

Take a look behind the scenes of a new three-screen cinema which will be opening in Norfolk at the end of this week.

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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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Chris Christmas with wife Kay.

A market town is giving a special gift to its very own Father Christmas this festive season.

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Thetford Golf Club is donating £11,100 to East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), its captain's nominated charity of 2016. Picutred are members of the club at the Captain's Day in July 2016. Courtesy of Laura Stafford Allen

Golfers have been clubbing together this year to help fund the care provided to children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk.

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Simon and Hayley Dalley celebrating Zaks 40th birthday. Photo: Zaks

It’s 40 years since the iconic American diner chain Zaks first started selling burgers from a caravan.

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The Thetford Awards Recognising Achievement held for the first time.
Guests arriving.

The deadline is approaching for you to help gain recognition for the unsung heroes in your community.

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STAFF Lucy and Richard Jeal have won a competition by Natwest to have their mortgage paid for a year. Pictured (from left): Jonathan Dell, Natwest Thetford branch manager and Lucy Jeal with Natwest staff.

A couple are planning their first proper holiday in eight years after winning the opportunity to have their mortgage paid for a year.

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