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Population: 7,503

Nearby Towns: Attleborough, Bungay, Thetford

A community will soon be jumping for joy when a popular children’s play area reopens with new owners and a host of new additions.

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Poultry farmers are being urged to be on the alert as experts warn the risk of a bird flu outbreak has increased.

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Staff from a community radio station conquered a sponsored cycle to raise funds for two good causes.

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A tenant suffering with asthma has been left “mentally drained” by what he claims is a lack of action over mould growing in his new-build home.

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Two of south Norfolk’s cultural gems have received a crucial cash boost to help offset the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis.

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Live theatre is finally returning to a popular venue which was left struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A loyal shop worker is set to retire following 35 years in the job she joined straight from school.

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A town’s popular soft play area could be brought back, after a pair of dads with “big plans” put in a bid to takeover the business.

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Aldi set to reopen after refurbishment

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A town centre supermarket is set to reopen following refurbishment work.

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A Norfolk teenager has become one of the country’s youngest town councillors.

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A shop worker’s teeth were knocked out as he was punched and kicked in the head during a late-night robbery.

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A south Norfolk leisure centre has reopened for the first time since closing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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A man in his 40s died after his car collided with a telegraph pole.

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A non-league club opted to play its latest FA Cup match despite a player from a recent opponent testing positive for coronavirus.

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A theatre left struggling during the coronavirus crisis is set to hold its first outdoor show since lockdown was introduced.

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After three years of trying for a baby, Courtney and Kevin Hazlewood were “heartbroken” when doctors told them they would not be able to conceive naturally.

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People are being invited to have their say on the future of a south Norfolk town and its surrounding villages.

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A man has been taken to hospital following an incident which saw him become “seriously unwell”.

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Car parking charges are to return at council-owned facilities from this weekend.

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Families and businesses have reacted with sadness to the news their town’s annual Christmas lights switch-on has been cancelled.

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A south Norfolk town has cancelled its annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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Residents living in and around a Norfolk town are experiencing low water pressure or no water at all this morning after a burst main.

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A beloved local radio station has been recognised for its efforts to keep people informed and entertained during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A stroke survivor is using a blog to document his long road to recovery and help others going through the same life-changing experience.

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A local radio station is celebrating after a crucial cash injection helped prolong its survival.

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Parking will be suspended and temporary lights put in place on a town centre road while roadworks take place.

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Firefighters battled a blaze in the loft space of a bungalow in Westhall, Stradbroke.

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The boss of a struggling entertainment venue has welcomed news of government funding aimed at rescuing the endangered arts industry.

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A Norfolk war veteran and double amputee is set to take part in a 72-mile walking challenge in a bid to raise money for cancer charities.

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A man has been charged with assault after three people were spat at in the centre of a Norfolk town.

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A chip van which has been in a Norfolk town since 1921 has been turning heads and “tickling” the community after its owners came up with an ingenious way to serve customers while socially distancing.

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Alcohol may have impaired the ability of a cyclist who died in a crash to ride safely, an inquest has heard.

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It’s Independent Bookshop Week from June 20-27 and bookshops are reopening to browsers and buyers after months of keeping us reading with online and phone orders

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A struggling entertainment venue has received almost £35,000 in emergency funding to help ensure its survival.

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Shoppers and business owners in Diss were in high spirits as non-essential shops opened for the first time since lockdown began.

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An auction house is set to hold its first on-site sale since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were introduced in March.

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A theatre boss has detailed the challenges of the coronavirus crisis and revealed plans for life after lockdown.

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A letter written by Norfolk’s Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson is expected to sell for up to £3,500 at auction.

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An auction house forced to cancel its first every auction due to the coronavirus has announced its return.

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Tributes have been paid to a “warmed-hearted, loving” 31-year-old who died after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

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A 78-year-old cyclist has been inspired by Captain Tom Moore to take on the 2.6 Challenge for a hospice close to his heart.

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A knife-wielding robber burst into a high street shop and demanded cash and cigarettes.

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More than £20,000 has been generated for a town’s economy during the lockdown by a business group that promotes local companies.

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A town’s cemetery, boardwalk and gardens have been closed to maintain social distancing in keeping with coronavirus guidelines.

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One of Norfolk’s oldest auction houses has cancelled auctions for the first time in more than 150 years due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Two of the region’s main zoos are appealing for help to feed their animals and pay staff after their income dried up because of coronavirus.

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A student is hoping to bring issues affecting young people to the forefront as she stands for parliament.

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A popular carnival and funday has been called off due to uncertainty over the coronovirus outbreak.

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Communities are coming together to help those in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following an early hours burglary.

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A coffee shop has re-opened in a town’s high street following a £96,000 refurbishment.

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The tick tock of a familar clock has returned to a village pub which was saved by a community group.

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A man has been jailed for eight weeks after being caught red-handed by police attempting to force open a safe at a coffee shop.

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A stalwart of a renowned Norfolk plant nursery business and respected horticulturist who has a variety of flower named after him has died.

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Wetherspoons is set to be granted a licence for its newest Norfolk pub after no-one lodged an objection.

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A main post office is to be closed until next week after storm damage left the roof unstable.

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An inquest is due to take place into the death of a man who was discovered in a Norfolk church yard.

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The risk to customers of being hit by falling roof tiles following the Storm Ciara has seen the closure of a post office.

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Measures to ease congestion at the town’s busiest junctions, pedestrian crossings and a major expansion of cycle paths are included in a new transport strategy for Diss.

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A dental practice in a town with no places for new NHS patients is seeking to expand its facilities in a bid to address growing demand.

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A woman in her 80s was almost conned out of thousands of pounds by a telephone scammer pretending to be a police officer.

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Efforts to rid a housing estate of its flock of feral chickens has prompted national headlines including being featured on This Morning.

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Work to repair drains that will see motorists facing disruption and temporary traffic lights along the busiest road in Diss has been delayed.

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A local historian who has spent decades amassing a collection of Diss memorabilia has raised £2,520 for the Big C with his latest nostalgic calendar.

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An Indian restaurant that suffered a cockroach infestation that posed a risk to public health has closed with its owner seeking new investors in a bid to completely revamp the dilapidated building.

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A man has been jailed for using covert cameras to film women and young children getting changed at a leisure centre.

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Rare vampire book sold for £3,800

Thursday, January 30, 2020

A rare first edition of the first vampire story published in English, 80 years before Dracula, has been sold at a Norfolk auction for £3,800.

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Animal lovers have been warned they face being fined if they continue to feed a flock of feral chickens that live on a housing estate.

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Motorists are face weekend delays travelling along the busiest road in Diss with temporary traffic lights for roadworks.

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A brewery has applied to create an open air theatre following the success of its annual beer and Shakespeare festival.

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Two men arrested after the theft of a large quantity of cash from a pensioner have spoken of their shock at being linked to the crime.

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Shoppers have reacted with sadness to department store chain Beales going into administration putting the future of its Diss store at risk of permanent closure.

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A choir that boasts 350 members who sing for their wellbeing has hit the high notes to help others by raising £13,652 for cancer research.

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Department store chain Beales has collapsed into administration - putting the jobs of more than 1,000 people at risk.

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Cameras are to be allowed to capture courtroom drama over a century after they were banned following a trial involving a notorious murderer and a woman from Norfolk.

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Plans for a storage container park twice refused by planners over traffic safety concerns has been resubmitted.

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A motorcyclist who died in crash with a car on the A140 has been named.

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Motorists have been issued with warnings after a crackdown at a town centre junction close to where an accident left a woman with serious injuries.

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Hundreds of homes and businesses have been left without power amid high winds that have disrupted supplies.

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Hi-tech safety enforcement cameras that can identify vehicles jumping red lights are set to be installed at a level crossing where drivers have been killed and seriously injured.

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Police investigations are on-going into a town centre crash that left a woman in her 70s with serious leg injuries.

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Two men arrested in connection with a theft from a man in his 90s have been told that police will not be taking any further action against them.

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Norfolk beauty blogger Samantha Last, who revealed she had weeks to live in an emotional final video, has died just 10 days after turning 50.

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Emergency services attended the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A140 at Dickleburgh.

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The future of a post office at the heart of a Norfolk market town that has remained uncertain for three years appears to have been secured after a new operator has been found to run it on a franchise basis.

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Developers seeking to build housing on the site of a former plant nursery are still facing local opposition despite scaling back the plans from 20 homes to just five.

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What a difference a decade makes. As we enter the 2020s, winding the clock back 10 years reveals just how much Diss has changed.

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Police have issued an order banning three people from entering Norfolk over suspected hare coursing.

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A historic flint wall that collapsed into a park during protracted talks over its ownership is to be rebuilt but to a different design.

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A formerly 32-stone councillor who once ate a sausage roll, steak slice and four chocolate bars for breakfast has halved his body weight in just 12 months.

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People rough sleeping in cars, tents and outbuildings in rural areas of Norfolk are being offered extra help this winter.

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Plans have been submitted to convert disused former agricultural buildings into a swimming pool and fitness studio for use by the “wider community”.

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Wetherspoons has submitted a licensing application for its newest Norfolk pub.

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An award winning cycling event that has raised more than £40,000 for charity has been saved after a new organiser was found.

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A department store chain with sites across the county has put itself up for sale as it attempts to battle tough high street conditions.

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Police have released a CCTV image of two men suspected of being behind the theft of cash from a man aged in his 90s.

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The chance to bag a prize-winning fresh bird for the Christmas dinner table is set to bring hundreds of bidders to traditional festive poultry auctions across Norfolk.

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While wet weather frustrates efforts to plant new crops, a Norfolk farm has taken advantage of the hiatus to test the best way to prevent soil compaction from heavy machines on fragile soils.

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