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Population: 31,573

Nearby Towns: Downham Market, King's Lynn, Swaffham

The Budgens store on Plumstead Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Three convenience stores could face closure, with up to 95 jobs at risk, after the owner placed them into administration.

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Chris Riddell with art and design students at the College of West Anglia. Picture: Luke Byron

Author, illustrator, political cartoonist and children’s laureate Chris Riddell went back to the classroom this week to talk to students about his life, his work, drawing Donald Trump and his baptism into social media.

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A Police officer stands outside the home of murder victim Una Crown. Picture: Ian Burt

Mrs Crown was brutally murdered in her bungalow on the outskirts of Wisbech in January 2013, before her body was set on fire. At first, the 86-year-old’s death was not believed to have been suspicious.

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Man who abused child in Wisbech jailed

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Paul Pluck, 44, of Eagle Way, Hampton Vale, Peterborough has been found guilty of two counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 at a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

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Wisbech rapist jailed

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Linus Zukauskas. Picture: CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE

Linus Zukauskas, 27, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment at Peterborough Crown Court today after previously pleading guilty to rape and theft.

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Mantas Nedveckas.

A coroner wants lessons to be learned after a 23-year-old man was knocked down and killed while walking home in the dark after consuming alcohol.

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Vandals target Outwell school: Pictures: Beaupré Community Primary School

Vandalism at a Fenland school has been called “senseless” by its headteacher, as pupils and staff come to terms with the attack.

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Presentation to Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House: L-r, Nigel Elgood, Sheila Wright and Andrew Hawkins. Picture: Elgood's

Fundraising throughout the year at Elgood’s Brewery in Wisbech has topped more than £1,000 for the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

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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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College of West Anglia hairdressing student Lauren Flowers had her hair cut raising funds for the Little Princess Trust. Picture: Ian Burt

A west Norfolk student has had her long hair cut off and donated to a cancer charity.

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Broccoli. Photo credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Twenty-eight jobs have been lost at a Fenland farming business which had struggled through two poor growing seasons.

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Springwood Sixth Form students will be among around 2,000 going to a West Norfolk careers fair later this month. Picture: Ian Burt

Organisers of the largest careers’ show to be held in west Norfolk in recent years are expecting about 2,000 young people to attend.

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Fire crews were called to the scene.

A woman has died after a crash in west Norfolk.

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The new University Centre at the College of West Anglia. Picture: Ian Burt

A new £6.5m university centre for west Norfolk and the Fens has been officially opened, almost 10 years after College of West Anglia principal David Pomfret started the ball rolling.

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The winner of the £100 top prize was King'’s Lynn Photography Group'’s founder, Tracey Robinson, who
submitted an evocative view of Bawsey Ruins

Images of Fenland landscapes designed to bring back memories for those living with dementia went on display at a care home.

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West Raynham ward: Picture supplied

The stroke unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King’s Lynn, is set to get a £265,000 makeover to make it more ‘homely’.

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56-year-old man from Peterborough caught doing more than twice the 70mph speed limit along the A47 Thorney,  , ,  15/08/2016 Picture by Terry Harris.

A motorcyclist faces a hefty ban after being caught speeding at 160mph on the A47 at Thorney, near Wisbech.

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious crash involving a bicycle and a motorcycle in Wisbech yesterday.

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£1m improvement to X-Ray department at QEH: Pictures supplied
Pictured are: Chris Dales, Mark Abbott and Ann Garner with the new equipment

A £1m refurbishment of the X-Ray department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is benefiting patients and radiographers.

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Memento/ sculpture unveiled in Outwell: William Smith, Norman Wenn and Iris Risbrow. Picture submitted

In books and on TV, he is rather overshadowed by his more illustrious friends.

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Pictured are: Trust Chairman Edward Libbey with Project Search supporters and hospital department representatives: Picture submitted

A west Norfolk hospital continues to spearhead a project to help students with learning difficulties find jobs by giving them skills and experience in the workforce.

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Official topping out ceremony of the new University Centre at the College of West Anglia. Pictured (right) is principal David Pomfret. Picture: Ian Burt

A topping out ceremony at the new £6.5m university centre at the College of West Anglia (CWA) in King’s Lynn has brought the development of new facilities a step closer.

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Fenland legend Tom Hickathrift and the Ogres in Wisbech. Picture: Ian Burt

School children were out celebrating the legend of Tom Hickathrift in Wisbech today in the finale of a lottery-funded project about the Fenland giant.

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Student awards ceremony -  Principal David Pomfret and two of Adam Cardew.

It is that time of year for students to look back on months of hard work and celebrate the achievements of those who have shone in their subjects.

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Mick George Quarry Block Fen Mepal. Picture: Steve Williams.

A human head found in a quarry at Mepal, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, was definitely male, police confirmed today.

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A cyclist in his 40s suffered a head injury in a crash involving a bike and a car on the A47 between King’s Lynn and Wisbech this morning.

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Ambulance clips scaffold in Hill Street, Wisbech

The centre of Wisbech has now re-opened after being blocked off for much of today after an ambulance answering a 999 call clipped protruding scaffold.

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Finishing touches are made ready for the Walpole St Peter Church Flower Festival. Photo: Paul Tibbs

A Fenland church has once again been transformed into a floral spectacle for its flower festival, with this year’s theme being theatres and musicals.

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A man broke an elbow during the incident, which happened at around 3.30am on Saturday

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Laundry stored close to a central heating boiler that caught fire has been established as the cause of a fire that severely damaged a family home in the Fens.

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Elliot Johnson, 21, who is believed to have taken his own life after alleged bullying within the Conservative Party. Photo: PA Wire

The father of a young Tory activist who took his own life after alleged bullying has told an inquest his son had been caught up in a “victimisation campaign” by a Conservative Party member.

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Picture: James Bass

The officer suffered minor injuries after a green Land Rover Defender, thought to be stolen, rammed into a police car during a pursuit in Wisbech.

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Elliot Johnson, 21, who is believed to have taken his own life after alleged bullying within the Conservative Party. Photo: PA Wire

A young Tory activist from Wisbech who is believed to have taken his own life after alleged bullying told his parents he had “failed in life” in a letter found after he died, an inquest heard.

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Seth Dixon, 7, was knocked over and killed by Amy Asker in 2014. Photo: SWNS

A West Norfolk motorist who knocked down and killed a seven-year-old boy while talking on her mobile phone was fined just £90 and given five points on her driving licence.

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Co-op Foodstore, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ram raiders stole a cash machine from the Co-op shop in Sutton Bridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Billy Lee with his Mum and Dad, Bex and Spencer at home in Wisbech St Mary.Picture: Steve Williams.

A popular trainee electrician who prompted an outpouring of fund raising support from the community for a bionic leg after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer has died at the age of 21.

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Andrew Jarvis

A father-of-one who drowned after his car plunged into a water-filled ditch on a wet and dark morning may have tried to escape through an open window, an inquest heard on Monday.

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Collect photograph of Stan Bolton's canaries before they died.

A world champion canary breeder accidentally killed all but one of his prized 88-strong flock after spraying their cages with an insecticide he had used safely for years.

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Man has his car seized in Wisbech for being twice the legal limit and being disqualified

A man was arrested in Wisbech yesterday for being twice the legal limit, disqualified from driving and without insurance.

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Wisbech murder victim Laraine Maria Rayner

Steven Stocks, of North Brink, in Wisbech, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates Court this morning.

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Thomas Clarkson Academy. Wisbech.

A high school academy has been rated “inadequate” in an Ofsted report that said too many pupils left without the essential qualifications they needed for the next stage of their lives.

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The Co-operative shop on Plumstead Road, Norwich.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Co-op food stores in Watton, Wisbech and Norwich’s Plumstead Road are among 36 which will be sold off by the Co-operative Group as it sharpens its focus on convenience shopping.

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Victim of Wisbech murder is named

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wisbech murder victim Laraine Maria Rayner

The victim has been identified as mother-of-three Laraine Maria Rayner, who lived in Mill Road, Wisbech.

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Mill Close, Wisbech, where a woman's body has been recovered. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have described the suspected murder of a 50 year-old Wisbech woman last night as an “isolated incident”.

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Ricky McGrath is wanted by police and has connections in the Fens.

Ricky McGrath, 26, and Darren Gallagher, 47, are both wanted on recall to prison after breaching the conditions of their licence.

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Former home of Wisbech Town FC being demolished to make way for housing

Seven years after it first won planning consent – and two years after it was offered for auction at £2.5million - the demolition men moved into the old Wisbech Town FC ground in Lerowe Road.

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The Welney Recreation Ground Users Group working on the recreation area known as Sandgate Corner,  Picture: Steve Williams.

Welney Parish Council has objected to plans to build a housing estate on land a local group has received £60,000 in grants to transform into a community facility.

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A woman's death at Murrow is 'non suspicious' say police as man, 51, is released without charge

A 51-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder in Murrow near Wisbech has been released without charge.

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The incident in Wisbech on Monday.

A 36-year-old man from Wisbech was arrested on suspicion of common assault on Monday after allegedly grabbing a pregnant woman by the throat.

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The aviation museum has a new replica Thor missile. Pictured is Bill Welbourne. Picture: Ian Burt

It was the ultimate Cold War weapon, capable of unleashing immense destruction on targets hundreds of miles away, at the touch of a button.

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The scene of the fire in Lime Avenue, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Around 20 cannabis plants have been found in the attic of a family who prompted an outpouring of community support after a blaze destroyed everything inside their home.

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A one-year-old child has suffered serious injuries following a house fire in Wisbech this morning.

Orchards Primary School is today accepting donations of toys and clothes for a family who had their home significantly damaged by a fire which left a baby needing treatment at a specialist burns hospital.

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Police arrested a man in Wisbech after he threatened officers with this knife after he was confronted for an earlier shoplifting offence in the Horsefair Shopping Centre.

A man has been arrested in Wisbech after threatening police officers with a knife.

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The inquest of Elliott Johnson is due to open this week.

Lawyers representing the family of a young Tory who killed himself have argued he was subject to “inhuman and degrading treatment” as they sought to widen the scope of an inquest into his death.

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Picture: James Bass

Police are appealing for information after the driver of a moped failed to stop after colliding with a pedestrian in Church Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

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Shoe retailer branch looking for new owner

Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Brantano Footwear store on Gapton Hall Retail Park, Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

The Great Yarmouth branch of Brantano at Gapton Hall is looking for a buyer after it was overlooked in an acquisition deal that has saved dozens of other branches across the UK.

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Emneth Primary School was closed on Tuesday after a fire in a classroom overnight. Picture: Ian Burt

Fire investigations will continue today after a blaze forced the closure of a Fenland school.

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10.20am and drink driver in Wisbech crash arrested - he was four times over limit

A pensioner who was more than four times the legal drink-drive limit when he crashed his car into bollards in Wisbech has been banned from driving for three years.

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