Five things we learned this week

Work on the NDR (Northern Distributor Road) from the air in February 2016. Picture: Mike Page

Work on the NDR (Northern Distributor Road) from the air in February 2016. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

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

• A video has shown how the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich will cut through the Norfolk countryside. The video was made on Google Earth and plots the 12.5-mile route from the Postwick junction of the A47 in the east to the A1067 at Taverham in the west.

• A Norwich restaurant has cleaned up its act, achieving a five-star food hygiene rating just a week after it was named and shamed in an investigation into restaurants across the region. Merge Bar and Restaurant on Dereham Road received a zero rating from food hygiene inspectors in September but was revisited this week by Norwich City Council hygiene inspectors who gave the restaurant a new score of five for food hygiene - the highest possible rating an eatery can achieve.

• Norfolk is home to many towns and villages with names that can be tricky to pronounce. We asked our resident Australian journalist Josh Hanrahan to say them for us, but are you pronouncing these Norfolk place names correctly?

• A child was left in a bed with a blood-stained sheet for two days at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, inspectors found. Meanwhile another parent had to change their child's sheets after the child had wet the bed, because there were no nursing staff readily available to help. The examples were cited among several cases of poor care provided by the N&N's children's department (Jenny Lind Children's Hospital), which was heavily criticised by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and rated as 'requires improvement'.

• The Norwich branch of Primark, located in the Haymarket, plans to spread its shop front in June, taking over the adjacent space currently operated by Dorothy Perkins and Wallis.

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