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Population: 9,994

Nearby Towns: King's Lynn, Swaffham, Wisbech

A road has been closed after a serious collision involving a car and a lorry.

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Staff at a Norfolk care home came up with a “fitting send-off” for their colleague by taking part in an internet dance craze on her last day at work.

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Families that have experienced “terrible pain and anguish” over the loss of a baby were moved to tears after a Norfolk church was lit up in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

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Special chief inspector James Spinks heads for the hills when he’s looking for hare coursers.

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Organisers of a town’s popular Halloween and Christmas light switch-on events have announced their “difficult decision” to cancel as a result of coronavirus concerns.

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Norfolk town set for new Lidl

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Supermarket giant Lidl has unveiled plans for a new store in Norfolk.

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An events company has received a special thanks for supporting its community during the pandemic.

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The owner of a driving school has expressed her pride in expanding during the pandemic despite only setting up last year.

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New public space protection orders are now in force, restricting alcohol consumption in three Norfolk towns.

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A Norfolk pub landlord is remaining hopeful his business will survive this period despite suffering a “dramatic” decrease in takings following the introduction of the 10pm curfew.

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A family-run barber shop has launched a mental health campaign to help raise awareness and support those struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Representatives of a Norfolk town celebrated its recognition in this year’s ‘railway oscars.’

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The organisers of a popular fireworks display have cancelled this year’s event with a “heavy heart” after working tirelessly for months to hold it.

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A man has been charged with illegal hunting and six dogs seized by police targeting hare coursing in the Fens.

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A charity that supports vulnerable children has said it has pressed ahead with the opening of a new shop in a Norfolk town despite coronavirus challenges because children are in need of support “now more than ever.”

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Arbuckles has announced it will be reopening this month after working “around the clock to rebuild” following flash flooding in June.

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A Norfolk tree surgery firm has seen business significantly grow during the pandemic following an increase in customer demand.

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A Norfolk based landscaping and arboriculture firm has scooped up a prestigious award.

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Councillors have responded to ‘abuse’ and a petition which called for a vote of no confidence in a town council following months of ongoing market controversy.

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The owner of a Norfolk pub has announced she will be permanently closing at the end of the month following an “appalling” trading period.

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The owner of an entertainment company which has been hard hit by the pandemic says he has had to adapt the business in order to get by.

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Organisers of a popular Norfolk fireworks display are hoping to hold this year’s event for the community to help boost “local morale”.

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Vauxhall Tigra stolen in burglary

Monday, September 14, 2020

A car was stolen during a pair of burglaries on Sunday.

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A “save our market” petition has called for a vote of no confidence in a Norfolk town council following months of controversy over the running of its market during the coronavirus crisis.

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Police found a quantity of cannabis following a search of a Norfolk property.

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A family-run barber has moved into a bigger premises in a Norfolk town, now offering a coffee bar, tanning room and live music.

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A Norfolk dad is competing in a half iron man triathlon to raise awareness of mental health.

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A Norfolk headteacher has revealed the plans in place for the “unusual return” of pupils and staff – including school dinner service that will take three-and-a-half hours.

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Trade deals being finalised in the run-up to Brexit will not see UK farmers undermined by cheap food imports.

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A RAF veteran cycled 46 miles to raise money for a charity that provides financial, emotional and practical support to serving and retired RAF personnel and their families.

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Since lockdown eased, towns have put in place measures to keep people safe. But in Downham Market, they have created controversy among traders and the public. Sarah Hussain reports.

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Police seized cannabis, other drugs and weapons from a Norfolk property following a man’s arrest.

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Charity grateful after flood of gifts

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Norfolk charity has expressed its gratitude after receiving a flood of gifts following reopened shops.

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A Norfolk heritage centre will remain closed until 2021 for the safety of its team and the site’s future viability.

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A Norfolk MP will meet with traders and business owners to discuss ongoing concerns over their town’s market in the hopes of ‘moving forward.’

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Passengers face disruption on one of the region’s main rail routes over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Food waste collections in part of Norfolk could return next year.

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Two puppies have been snatched from their mum by a thief.

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A house fire in which a woman died is not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

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Business owners have expressed their concern over their town’s market following tensions between traders and the town council.

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A 23-year-old Norfolk rider has been selected to represent Great Britain at the FEI Dressage European Championships 2020 in Hungary despite coronavirus disruptions.

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Updated Person dies following blaze in housing estate

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Neighbours have described their shock after a person was killed in a house fire to the west of the county.

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Play areas across west Norfolk will reopen for the summer holidays.

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The devastated owner of a tortoise who has been missing for two weeks is appealing for help to find him.

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Business owners have expressed their concern over the ‘detrimental’ impact mandatory face coverings could have on trade.

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The worried owners of a cat who escaped during the night are offering a reward to anyone who can help find him.

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One of Norfolk’s historic churches was at risk of closure but the local community “rallied” together to keep it open.

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Leisure centres across west Norfolk are set to reopen next week.

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A small team of volunteer stitchers have made around 7,000 masks since the start of March for people in their community.

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A market that was forced close over protest claims has reopened again with plans for it to be “bigger and better” than before.

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A new club president has said they are rising to the challenge during the current crisis to help others, despite fundraising events being ‘impossible’ to hold.

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A Norfolk restaurant owner has expressed his happiness at reopening for the first time in months but said his business needs more customers to survive.

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Part of a busy road will be closed for three weeks for resurfacing.

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A market that was closed over planned demonstration claims will now reopen following a ‘fruitful meeting’ between a town council and traders.

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A Norfolk shop owner has said businesses have to work harder at providing a service and hopes customers will be encouraged to return to town after more stores reopen.

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The final of a Norfolk town’s virtual live talent show is set to take place this week.

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A Norfolk heritage centre is collecting and archiving people’s memories and experiences of life in the local area.

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A trader has said the forced closure of a market over protest claims has been “soul destroying.”

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Almost 1,000 trees have been planted along rivers in west Norfolk and the Fens.

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A youth group providing support and activities for children has trialled a socially distanced session to help get them back into ‘social situations.’

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A Norfolk teacher has been helping the vulnerable and those on the shielding list during lockdown.

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A worried owner has issued a heartfelt appeal as her cat has not been seen for a week.

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A market will be shut down for two weeks after it was revealed protestors were planning to demonstrate against a council’s safety measures.

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A Norfolk Girlguiding and Scout group are calling on community support to raise funds for their ‘dreary’ hut facilities after fundraising events were cancelled.

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A Norfolk headteacher has said there is ‘little hope’ for a normal return for all pupils in September.

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Don’t despair - the downpours will soon give way to a mini heatwave.

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A member of the public tried to throw social distance barriers and remove markers when a town’s market reopened, councillors said.

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A council has received ‘numerous complaints’ over emergency coronavirus traffic measures in the centre of the town.

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A 21-year-old cat was rescued after she was found in a car park.

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A five-year-old greyhound has been crowned this year’s Top Dog of Norfolk.

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A Norfolk town is starting to see a return to ‘normal’ again as non-essential shops reopened for the first time in months.

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Children are rising to the challenge of social distancing as they make a phased return to school, says the head of a large primary.

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A Norfolk town’s market reopened for the first time since lockdown despite a lack of traders turning up.

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A man has been airlifted to hospital with what are described as serious injuries after he was involved in a collision with a lorry.

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A town’s market will reopen this week under strict social distancing measures and reduced opening times.

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Plans for a McDonald’s and Starbucks on the edge of a Norfolk town have been given the go-ahead.

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A Norfolk headteacher has said schools have been left “bemused and angered” by the government’s decision to reopen for the youngest pupils, as they get ready to open their doors to them on Monday.

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A Grade II* listed windmill was lit up with messages of thanks to the NHS and key workers.

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A special drive-by saw residents of a Norfolk care home see their families for the first time since lockdown.

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The owner of a Dominican and Latin American food business has started trading from a horse trailer on her driveway during lockdown after events were cancelled.

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A youth group providing vital support and social interaction for children is continuing to meet needs during lockdown.

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The owner of a Norfolk nail salon is hoping her business will be able to reopen soon after the “heartbreaking” decision to close.

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A Norfolk riding for the disabled centre is appealing to the public for help after dealing with “financial difficulties” due to lockdown.

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Plans to build a McDonald’s and Starbucks on the outskirts of a Norfolk town have received the backing of planning officers.

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Prominent buildings in Norfolk were lit up as a show of appreciation for the NHS, key workers and the local community.

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A Norfolk band has represented the county on an international stage after winning first place in a songwriting competition.

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Restaurant capacity will be halved, cafes will stay shut and social distancing will turn businesses upside down.

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A town’s market will remain closed until the safety of the community and staff can be guaranteed.

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Staff at an Indian restaurant in Norfolk have extended their efforts during the coronavirus crisis to provide meals to the vulnerable in their community.

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A Norfolk church was lit up with messages of appreciation for key workers and the NHS for their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Norfolk town’s live music festival has been cancelled with a “heavy heart” due to the coronavirus.

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A Norfolk postie is hoping to spread joy in her community and raise money to help those “most vulnerable” by doing her rounds dressed as a panda.

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Three-week-old kittens have been rescued from ‘certain death’ after their mum was hit by a car.

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A dog breeder targeted by thieves who stole 14 dogs and puppies said the theft had left her sick to the stomach.

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Fourteen dogs including seven puppies have been stolen from a Norfolk breeder.

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A Norfolk town council is hosting a virtual talent show to help spread ‘light relief’ during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Norfolk man has printed more than 1,000 3D face shields for his community in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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People across west Norfolk can commemorate the 75th VE Day from their homes during lockdown.

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An eight-year-old boy is fund-raising in memory of his grandad, who died after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

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Staff at a Norfolk school have taken part in a global art challenge to “lift spirits” during the coronavirus crisis.

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