Five things we learned last week

The Merge Restaurant, Dereham Road, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Merge Restaurant, Dereham Road, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

In case you missed them, here are five stories that caught our eye last week.

• A special report, we ran in Monday's paper, found that the region's restaurants, cafés and takeaways are cleaning up their act in terms of food hygiene, although there were still plenty of places to receive the lowest possible score of zero. You can find out how clean your favourite restaurant is by exploring our interactive map.

• People are fed up with lorries thundering through the region's villages and are asking council bosses to ban heavy goods vehicles from some rural roads where residents have reached the end of their tether. A poll on the EDP and Norwich Evening News websites found that around 70pc of people were in favour of banning lorries from rural roads.

• When do the clocks go forward in 2016? - This was one of our most read stories of the week and just in case you missed it you can find out that all important date here, because we wouldn't want you to be late for work.

• Two Norfolk beauty spots secured first and second place in the 'Bioblitz' study, which was carried out by the National Trust to find the sites with the greatest array of wildlife. The location with the greatest number of species was the Brancaster estate, where 1,018 were recorded, in second place was Blakeney nature reserve, with 934 species.

• Robert Fleck was once a firm favourite among Norwich City fans and now the club's fourth-highest all time goal scorer has a new career as a teaching assistant at a Norwich school for children with complex needs. The man who once played in the World Cup, and the English First Division and Premier League, now helps children with learning disabilities with their schoolwork and with life skills including shopping and crossing roads. The man who once had tens of thousands of Chelsea fans chanting: 'We all live in a Robert Fleck world!' has quietly won a new set of fans – in and out of the classroom.

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