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Your Town | Thetford

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.

A man has died after being trapped beneath a car.

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One of the largest investments on a single site in Norfolk in a decade, made by a homegrown pet food producer, is starting to reap rewards.

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Did you attend Thetford Grammar School nearly 60 years ago?

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The new boss of a major East Anglian holiday resort has revealed its £10m investment plan for the next year.

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A Norfolk runner is preparing to take on 10 marathons in 10 days to help raise money to start a junior parkrun event.

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A drunk man turned slumped on a road sign turned out to be wanted by police.

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Business owners are being encouraged to help offenders get a foothold in the job market to drive down the £15bn annual bill which reoffending incurs for the country.

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CCTV footage showing the final movements of a homeless man before he was killed in Norwich is being prepared ahead of his inquest.

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The new Mayor of Thetford said his year in post will be spent championing the town and creating a legacy for the future.

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A holiday resort on the Norfolk/Suffolk border has unveiled new additions to its accommodation stock.

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A Thetford man is preparing to take on a 152 mile cycle challenge to help raise money for medical treatment for his uncle.

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The new Mayor of Thetford will be sworn in during a mayor-making ceremony at the town’s Guildhall.

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Here is our monthly look back at some of the criminals who were jailed in Norfolk courts in April.

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Police hunt wanted man across Norfolk

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a Norwich man who is wanted.

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An inquest has been opened into the death of a woman who had a fall at her Norwich home.

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The second stage of a public consultation into boundary changes in Thetford has started.

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Winter may finally be over as Mediterranean temperatures are set to hit Norfolk and Waveney with many expected to see the hottest day of the year so far.

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Thetford Town Council is calling for boundary changes so that people moving into thousands of new homes on the outskirts of the town pay the same as those already living there.

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A new gardening group which aims to bring women from different communities together is being held in Thetford.

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A road was blocked for hours today after a lorry load of turkeys went into a ditch.

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A regional accountancy firm has bolstered its presence in Suffolk through a merger with another practice.

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New gender pay gap data released by some of Norfolk and Suffolk’s biggest manufacturers has revealed a mixed picture in the industry.

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The country’s largest chicken processing group has revealed its gender pay gap alongside a raft of measures to strengthen gender equality.

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A force of brave runners made their way through Elveden’s tough terrain to raise thousands for East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

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It started off with 13 pioneers in a west London park but in the space of a few short years has become an international phenomenon, with almost three million participants in 17 countries, stretching from the UK to Singapore, South Africa, Australia and America.

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A special walk was held to give rare dogs a chance to meet other members of their own breed.

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Don’t panic, don’t panic Captain Mainwaring... A museum dedicated to a cult TV sitcom reopens today.

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An East Anglian food factory has welcomed secondary school students to its site as part of a programme aimed at offering youngsters insights into the world of work.

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Thetford Town Council has marked Commonwealth Day by raising the flag outside the offices at King’s House.

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A new series of guides about the wildlife of the Brecks have been created in the hope of introducing new people to the fascinating area.

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Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group honours Scole teeneager

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A woman who has spent the past eight years in constant pain is hoping specialist treatment will help her to rebuild her life.

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Thursday March 8 is National Pothole Day. Here is what our Facebook followers had to say about the condition of Norfolk’s roads.

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Could these teenagers be the next British Winter Olympic stars?

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The food people provide in their gardens can be particularly important - and you might see a few new visitors.

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Video: Lorries stranded as heavy snow causes chaos on A11

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Stranded vehicles including a lorry have caused heavy traffic and long delays on the A11.

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An actress who entertained audiences across Norfolk with her singing and character roles had one final standing ovation - at her funeral.

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A kind gesture and a stroke of luck has led a Norfolk man to donate hundreds of pounds to a hospice.

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Hundreds of people flocked to the first day of East Anglia’s largest wedding show this weekend.

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Center Parcs has pulled its advertising with the Daily Mail after a promotion appeared alongside a column criticising the diver Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black, who are expecting a child.

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Tributes have been paid to a multi-talented sportsman who has been described as “marvellous with people”.

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A charitable fund set up in memory of a popular Lowestoft teenager has surpassed a major milestone.

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It was a night which brought together unsung heroes, volunteers and community groups to receive much-deserved recognition.

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A children’s hospice has enjoyed its best-ever week on eBay after taking £4,784.

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Challenging trading conditions relating to the Brexit vote and last summer’s impromptu general election contributed to the collapse of an East Anglian furniture chain, a new report reveals.

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Over the last 20 years the number of cuckoos in the UK has halved.

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Two East Anglian equine businesses have been recognised at an awards ceremony held by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA).

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A celebratory event has marked the 150th birthday of a prince who dedicated much of his life to preserving the heritage of Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Rail passengers travelling between Norwich and Thetford faced delays after a signalling fault caused lines to become blocked.

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Emergency services in Great Yarmouth have teamed up to provide even quicker response times for ambulance crews.

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Independent retailers will be given an online shop window as part of plans to create a ‘digital high street’ in some of Norfolk’s market towns.

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Rare and valuable books worth more than £65,000 - including a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - have been stolen from a family-run business.

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Video: £40,000 Harry Potter first edition stolen in Norfolk

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Rare books worth tens of thousands are among the items stolen in a burglary in Thetford.

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More than £1,000 in donations were collected during Santa’s visits around Thetford.

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It hopes to build on a project which aimed to increase people’s love of the unique Brecks landscape.

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A laugh-out-loud coming of age comedy about sexual identity that was a hit at last year’s Holt Festival is being rolled out across the county.

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Tourists in Norfolk may have a new hot spot as plans to build a hotel in a market town have been submitted.

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An inspirational father-of-six from Dereham has joined an exclusive club of marathon runners having completed his 100th in 100 weeks.

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A new distribution deal is helping a Norfolk spirits company take on the heavyweights of gin and Scotch, as it looks to get into bars and restaurants across the country.

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From mince pie makers to turkey producers there are many businesses which make Christmas happen.

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Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced she will be performing in Norfolk next summer.

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A new £54m chicken processing plant on the Norfolk/Suffolk border could create up to 400 jobs for the region.

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Friends of a father-of-four who died in a car crash have rallied to help buy his children presents for Christmas.

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A group of volunteers will be out and about in Thetford over the next month to help vulnerable people during the party season.

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The workforce of one of Thetford’s major employers will be given “every assistance”, community leaders have said, after Multiyork announced it had called in the administrators.

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A national furniture chain which has a store and its head office in Norfolk is looking for a buyer after calling in administrators.

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Man dies in crash on Norfolk road

Monday, November 20, 2017

A man died after two cars were involved in a collision near Thetford.

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The inquest into the death of homeless man Sergiusz Meges, whose body was found in a Norwich underpass more than two years ago, can still not take place because a police investigation is continuing.

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A graffiti artist has created a poignant Remembrance mural on a pub wall.

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Mystery surrounds why a helicopter was hovering over Thetford last night.

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A Norfolk pet food producer is hoping to increase its market share in some of the industry’s newest sectors after opening a state-of-the-art £17m facility.

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Villagers in Mundford, near Thetford, were left without power this morning after a combine harvester brought down power lines in Ickburgh.

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Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we take a nostalgic look back at the market town of Thetford, situated 28 miles south west of Norwich.

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) Retail Distribution Centre (RDC) is vital to the charity. Donations are sorted at the Thetford-based unit to distribute for sale. As it celebrates its third anniversary, here are nine facts about the RDC.

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MPs investigating the 2 Sisters Food Group have accused the food safety watchdog of intelligence and auditing failings after it admitted to knowing of only “minor” complaints at a processing plant facing allegations of hygiene breaches.

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MPs will hear from the owner of the UK’s largest supplier of supermarket chicken today as part of an inquiry into allegations of food safety breaches.

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Breckland could see the installation of four charging points for electric and hybrid vehicles after councillors agreed to bid for Highways England funds.

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A school’s £200,000 expansion to help deal with a town-wide chronic shortage of nursery places has been welcomed by the area’s MP.

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A Suffolk poultry plant is among more facilities owned by the UK’s biggest supplier of supermarket chicken to be inspected amid food safety and hygiene concerns within the company.

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We need some food, plenty of dog biscuits - and I could do with a nice new warm, fluffy blanket...

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Two school friends have said spending part of their summer teaching English to children in Bali was so inspiring they are now planning another trip.

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A park home and lodge manufacturer near Thetford has been named in a list of influential companies, compiled by the London Stock Exchange Group, for the second consecutive year.

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A Norfolk spirits producer has named an award-winning chef from the county as its first brand ambassador.

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Firefighters from Norfolk stations will no longer respond to medical emergencies, raising fears lives could be put at risk.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with her third child, is suffering from the same severe sickness she experienced with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Sheena Grant reports on the little-understood condition and talks to an East Anglian mum who knows exactly what Kate is going through.

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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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Take a first look at the new waterside accommodation which will be opening at a holiday village on the Norfolk/Suffolk border next year.

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For Gill Phillips and her late husband Theo their garden was their pride and joy.

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A puppy had a lucky escape when he was involved in a car crash.

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Thetford Forest isn’t quite as ancient as you might think. Most of its trees were planted after the First World War, to provide the country with a strategic timber reserve.

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Seven years ago Jade Bailey competed in a modelling competition which would change her life.

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A woman who defrauded her employers of more than £1.7m has been ordered to repay more than £700,000.

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The life of a mother-of-two who was “loved by everyone” will be celebrated at a charity event which will bring together her old school friends.

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Many events take place at the Cromer Pier, however one of the most unique has to be the street dance competition that has taken place as part of Children’s Week at Cromer Carnival.

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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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A disued building which has been empty for five years could be brought back into use as a respite care site for disabled people.

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Now that Mr D’s, a 50s-themed diner near Attleborough, has closed, we take a look at some of the other great American restaurants across the county where you can get your foodie fix.

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The head of Quorn Foods has expressed confidence in a growing global appetite for the meat substitute as he revealed plans to invest £150m and create 300 jobs in the UK.

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More than 400 patients have been helped by a lifesaving partnership between firefighters and ambulance staff in Norfolk.

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A holiday resort on the Norfolk/Suffolk border has invested £20m as it seeks to attract a wider range of guests – and cater to a growing number of “3G” holidaymakers.

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