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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.

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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There were smiles and laughs, a few tears, and proud parents as nursery school children attended their graduation.

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Children from a Thetford school have helped to raise money for a wildlife charity while attempting to break a Guinness World Record.

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A Norwich driver has captured the moment he narrowly avoided a crash at Thickthorn roundabout.

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In August teenager Thiago Costa will spend part of his summer holidays volunteering in Nepal.

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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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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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Today marks the second anniversary of the discovery of the body of Sergiusz Meges in a Norwich underpass but police are still no nearer to finding the 29-year-old’s killers, it has emerged.

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Local talent was put in the spotlight after an evening of live music was held at Thetford’s Charles Burrell Centre.

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A new social enterprise is helping ex-offenders find employment opportunities by teaching them transferable skills through gardening.

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They have done everything together all their lives and that always includes celebrating their shared birthday with a pint of Guinness at their local.

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Three friends are running marathons to raise money for a charity that provides support for renal patients in Norfolk.

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A taxi driver has paid an emotional tribute to a “very close friend” who he was taking to see her parents when they were involved in a horror crash which resulted in her death.

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Two NHS nurses are touring care homes in central Norfolk, on a mission to support staff in keeping residents safe and well.

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A motorcyclist suffered serious leg injuries when his machine was involved in a collision.

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As the nation marks Dementia Awareness Week, employees at an opticians with branches across the region are becoming qualified to better understand the needs of customers suffering from dementia.

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An ardent running enthusiast has reached the remarkable 200 milestone run at Thetford parkrun becoming the first to do so.

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The closure of a Norwich call centre with the loss of 180 jobs would be a blow to the surrounding community, said the landlord of a pub nearby.

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Shot from the top of an ancient monument these stunning pictures and time lapse video show the sun setting over Thetford.

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Police have said the sudden death of a man in Thetford is not being treated as suspicious.

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Recent weeks have seen numerous sightings of the spectacular birds of prey, which have a wingspan of nearly 6ft.

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This weekend swimmers from across Norfolk will be donning their goggles and making a splash for Swimathon 2017 in support of Marie Curie.

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A 34-year-old man from Watton has been jailed for 32 months and given a five-year Community Behaviour Order.

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Specsavers staff across the region have raised thousands of pounds from selling comedy waving hands specs and a whole host of fundraising activities.

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A former prisoner has gone from jail to spreading awareness about mental health after rediscovering his talent for the ancient art of origami while inside.

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Jobs are at risk at a shoe retailer with stores and concessions in Norwich, Thetford, Lowestoft and Wisbech after tough trading conditions forced it to enter administration.

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Fears that Norfolk’s market towns might not have good enough roads to cope with thousands of new homes have triggered a series of special studies to tackle the potential problem.

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A mayor’s ball has raised over £1,000 for a fund supporting children and young people’s projects in Thetford.

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Thousands of cigarettes and more than a kilo of hand-rolling tobacco has been seized by Trading Standards and police officers after raids at shops in Norwich and Thetford.

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Young people from across Thetford are being urged to get creative as part of an initiative being launched by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green.

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Police say people carrying metal detectors were seen leaving woods at the St Helen’s Picnic Site.

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The Portuguese ambassador to the UK has officially opened a support group set up to help the needs and aspirations of young people in Thetford.

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Thetford Parkrun celebrated its fourth anniversary with a turnout of 203 runners and walkers.

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A football supporter who hurled a fruit drop at Canaries fans during City’s 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest has told of his bittersweet emotions after being fined but avoiding a footballing ban.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may not be the most popular of politicians, according to the polls, but most people certainly know what he looks like.

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Rail passengers faced delays and cancellations on the Norwich to Cambridge route this morning in the aftermath of Storm Doris.

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Taxpayers in Breckland still receive the cheapest rate of council tax in the county, according to district councillors - despite them voting for a 6.6 per cent increase.

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A derelict hospital building that dates back to Victorian times looks set to be brought back to life after 1800 people signed a petition to see it reused.

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Renewed appeal to trace wanted man

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A 24-year-old man with links to Norwich and Thetford is being sought by police after he breached the terms of his licence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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 set to continue its tour of Norfolk with a visit to Thetford Academy.

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

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

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

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

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