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Population: 15,659

Nearby Towns: Swaffham, Watton, Wymondham

The Mid Norfolk Railway (MNR) has welcomed a new addition - a Pacer diesel multiple unit.

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The chairman of aboutDereham has responded to a councillor who urged his colleagues to consider a bus station in the town after seeing “near misses” between pedestrians and vehicles.

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Santa’s sleigh is still set to visit towns and villages in mid Norfolk this year - but only if something other than a reindeer can be found to pull it.

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One of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies has built two electric vehicle charging points in a Norfolk petrol station without seeking permission.

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A woman was hit in the head by her car’s wing mirror in a hit-and-run crash with a motorcycle.

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A service that helped hundreds of vulnerable people in Dereham and Toftwood through the pandemic has said it will be ready to help if there is a second lockdown.

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A support centre for cancer patients and their families is opening for the first time in six months.

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New jobs could be created with plans for a new hand car wash on part of a Norfolk superstore car park.

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Scouts are trying to raise £10,000 to repair and upgrade their headquarters after they were badly flooded.

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A mother-of-one has pleaded with drivers to stop mounting the pavement outside her home, leaving vehicles “inches” away from her window.

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When Ashleigh Thomas discovered her wheelie bin was missing, her first thought was that it had been stolen.

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Norfolk pubs are preparing for a busy weekend, with sunshine forecast and new coronavirus rules coming in on Monday.

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Taylor Wimpey is asking people to have their say on plans for a new housing development in Dereham.

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A 35-year-old man has denied a string of charges involving the sale of illegal tobacco in stores in Great Yarmouth and Dereham.

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Video Flying Scotsman to return to Norfolk

Thursday, September 3, 2020

World-famous steam engine Flying Scotsman will visit Mid-Norfolk Railway for the first time ever in October 2021.

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A Norfolk rector is feeling positive about his new role despite the coronavirus restrictions that are still in place.

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Two avid local wildlife photographers have captured the beauty hidden across the country in their latest book.

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A man from Norfolk who gave up his career in computer science said he has no regrets as his award-winning performance comes to a streaming service.

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A woman died after ingesting too much of a prescription drug, an inquest has heard.

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A man has been told to keep away from his neighbour after he threatened him with a claw hammer and poured lighter fuel over his motorbike in a row during lockdown, a court heard.

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The refurbishment of a railway bridge has been completed as volunteers from the Mid Norfolk Railway return to work following the lockdown.

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Face masks have been selling “like hot cakes” at a Norfolk shop, as new rules around covering up are introduced.

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A mum who found out she had cancer while she was pregnant with her fourth child has been treated to a week’s holiday in Hunstanton.

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Three of Breckland’s main leisure centres are set to reopen - but a popular pool will remain shut until November.

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Six teenagers will face court over an arson attack at a Dereham school which led to more than £45,000 in damage.

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A group of people who dumped a dirty nappy and beer cans in a park have been fined £120.

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A burglar duped an elderly resident into letting him into his home and stole £100 in cash.

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The Mid-Norfolk Railway is hosting a Covid-19 testing station in the car park of Dereham station.

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A mental health nurse spent 77 days away from home during the coronavirus lockdown so he could keep working.

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A lockdown treat has been delivered to dozens of people around mid Norfolk.

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A street food festival with a socially distanced twist is to take place in Dereham after having its first successful run in Norwich.

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A not-for-profit organisation that brings together voluntary and community groups in Dereham is celebrating its second birthday this month.

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More details have emerged of how a public open space as part of a pocket park scheme will look in Dereham.

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A residential development could be built on the site of a car sales business in Crown Road, Dereham.

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A music choir has created a special video tribute to keyworkers during the coronavirus lockdown and to one of its own.#

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Two teachers have created their own version of Matt Lucas’ Thank you Baked Potato song to cheer up children in lockdown.

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A memorial service that has been held for more than 30 years to remember a Dereham war hero has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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As part of a weekly diary, Gressenhall Farm see the arrival of two ewes and one cheeky horse jumps the fence to get fresh grass.

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A mid Norfolk pub well known for going the extra mile to celebrate anything from rugby to Brexit, is hosting a virtual St George’s Day event.

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In the first of a weekly diary, Gressenhall Farm give us an insight into its life under lockdown.

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A new scheme with an army of 116 volunteers is already proving to be a lifeline for residents in Dereham and Toftwood.

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From fresh fruit and vegetables to locally made gin, many businesses right here in Norfolk are helping ensure local people get the items they need through home delivery services.

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A new scheme launched just a week ago now has over 80 volunteers ready to help those who are vulnerable in Dereham and Toftwood.

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A Norfolk pub that closed its doors amid the coronavirus outbreak has displayed a massive banner thanking the NHS and encourage people to stay at home.

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NHS staff have thanked the public for care packages, food and cakes delivered to their wards and practices.

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Vulnerable residents in Dereham are being supported through a council derived delivery service.

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A school in mid Norfolk has promised its students they will get their year 11 prom despite lessons being cancelled.

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A sixth form college have planted 30 trees after pledging to help environment.

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A popular pub in a Norfolk town has announced that it has closed temporarily, saying that it would be “absolutely wrong” to jeopardise the safety of its customers.

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Two Dereham-based cancer charities have called off their meetings and events due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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A community fridge, set up to reduce food waste, has issued fresh advice amid growing coronavirus concerns.

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Students at a Norfolk high school have won a national competition after building their very own robot.

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A 33-year-old man has been arrested after a boy, 15, was injured in a fight outside a Wetherspoon pub.

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A family run car rental business in the heart of Norfolk is celebrating taking customers around the world more than 11,000 times.

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Updated Boy, 15, glassed outside Wetherspoon pub

Monday, March 9, 2020

A teenage boy was glassed during a fight outside a Wetherspoon pub.

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Police are currently on scene dealing with an incident at a Wetherspoons pub in Dereham.

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The Dereham area is leading the way in its tributes to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War.

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A man has been banned from driving after he was caught riding his moped while over the drink-drive limit.

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Landlords will hear how they can combat tenants involved in County Lines drug dealing.

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Roadworks on a busy 200-metre stretch of road will see thousands of locals and commuters forced to travel an extra 18 minutes due to diversions.

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The owners of a former Norfolk nightclub have been given permission to add two rooms to their controversial development.

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A mid-Norfolk town is getting ready to welcome a new rector, after being told they might be without one for three years.

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Former hotel could become homes

Friday, February 28, 2020

A Grade II listed building, formerly used as a hotel, could be changed into a multiple occupancy home with 30 rooms.

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Residents in Dereham have raised concerns over anti-social behaviour, speeding and danger on a narrow residential road.

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Tributes were paid to a “thoughtful, loving, generous” young man at an inquest into his death.

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A town council is hoping to repair one of the town’s oldest buildings to resolve recurring damp problems.

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Police are following several lines of enquiry as investigations continue into an arson attack at a high school.

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Updated Police probe arson attack at school

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Police have launched an arson investigation after a blaze at a high school.

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Italian-designed leather seats and wooden floors sound like features in a hipster’s house.

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Ultra-fast broadband is coming to nine Norfolk towns following a trial by BT Openreach.

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More than 200 homes are set to be built in a Norfolk town despite fears over the consequences the development could have on the lives of people living nearby.

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Plans to build more than 250 homes in a Norfolk town were refused after councillors were warned the scheme could see traffic “queueing on the A47”.

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A council is set to discuss controversial plans to build more than 250 homes in a Norfolk town - more than five years after the idea was originally proposed.

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Meet Norfolk’s Cinderella bride

Friday, December 27, 2019

A Norfolk bride-to-be will have a fairytale wedding after winning a £1,500 Cinderella outfit package.

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A much-loved football fan has been saluted for never letting disability prevent him from enjoying life.

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Motorists faced delays and diversions on the A47 after a crash between a lorry and a van.

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Investigators were able to track a fly-tipper who threw rubbish out of his moving car by the receipts he left behind.

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A driver has been left with minor injuries after crashing into a 6ft wall in order to avoid a fallen tree.

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The Yuletide season is upon us, and Norfolk’s finest free-range turkeys will begin leaving the fields this weekend to meet their festive destiny.

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Plans to demolish a former shop and post office will be discussed by a district council.

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Farmers have been urged be more open to educate the public about their environmental work – and insights from millennials could help change the conversation about how food systems are managed.

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Four people are being hunted after thieves threw paint at school windows and let off a fire extinguisher.

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As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 22-year-old butcher THOMAS BRYANT explains how a club visit as a child inspired his future career choices.

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It was second time lucky for eight-year-old Crystal June Barnes when she auditioned for the Norwich panto.

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Family and friends of a much-loved Dereham man came together again to celebrate his life at a second rave event.

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