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Alan’s cancer journey

Thursday, December 6, 2018

When Alan Pierce came to the end of his treatment for prostate cancer he felt angry and alone.

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A support group for prostate cancer sufferers in West Norfolk has launched a practical kit for men newly diagnosed with the disease.

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The parents of Premier League footballing twins Josh and Jacob Murphy have scored a dream goal for staff, by giving away a £7.5m restaurant business to the workers who made it a success.

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New Norfolk safari park given go-ahead

Monday, December 3, 2018

A new safari park will let people see “extraordinary” animals in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.

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A man has been charged in connection with hare coursing in west Norfolk.

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Millions could be spent repairing pot-holed roads in West Norfolk and the Fens.

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Artworks from the collection of a distinguished diplomat are going under the hammer.

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Two men appeared in court today charged with the murder of a man who was found dead eight years ago.

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A school which took legal action after being labelled “inadequate” by Ofsted has now been rated “good”.

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Three people have been charged with a number of offences including child sexual abuse.

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Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him about a burglary in a village near Downham Market.

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Villagers have endured their third summer of being plagued with flies from a nearby recycling centre.

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Inspections of the RAF’s new stealth fighter fleet and has paused some flying following the crash of a US jet.

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More than £5m is being spent on conserving one of Norfolk’s most-treasured historic buildings.

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James Bagge former High Sheriff of Norfolk, made a modern day pilgrimage to raise £60,000 for Norfolk’s unpaid carers. In four months, he walked more than 1,500 miles from Stradsett, near Downham Market, to Santiago de Compostela, on the west coast of Spain. This is his story.

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An ambulance trust has revealed the pressure staff were under on the day an elderly woman with a broken hip waited seven hours for medics to arrive.

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A safari park could be built in West Norfolk giving people a chance to see exotic animals at close quarters.

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Spreading and storing excessive amounts of vegetable washings on a farm led to gross pollution of a watercourse a court was told.

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A man found slumped over the steering wheel of his car was four times the drink drive limit.

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The Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) and the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) are hosting a bystander CPR event at the old fire station in Downham Market until Sunday.

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Post Office reopening in Downham Market

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The post office in Downham Market is to re-open on Monday after being closed for more than two months.

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A hospital has waved a reluctant farewell to a loyal nurse with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Rail passengers faced weeks of chaos because the rail industry was not properly prepared for timetable changes, a government watchdog says.

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Police seize van near Downham Market

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Police seized a van when they found it being driven around the Fens with no insurance.

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An ambulance trust has apologised after it took seven hours to reach a 93-year-old who had fallen and broken her hip.

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There were thumbs up from farmers as police launched this winter’s operation against hare coursing.

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A nurse at a rural GP practice has been made a champion for patients with inflamed bowel disease.

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Residents at Downham Grange care home have got the bowling bug.

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Video Norfolk woman’s lifelong Royal collection

Monday, August 6, 2018

A visit to Sandringham Flower Show as a 10-year-old girl gave Mary Relph the bug for collecting all things Royal.

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A town’s post office has closed suddenly with no word regarding when it might re-open.

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Police dog Toby will be getting some extra treats after a successful drugs bust.

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Norfolk doctor made diabetes champion

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Norfolk doctor has been selected as a Diabetes UK clinical champion, to help transform care for people living with diabetes in the East of England.

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Health chiefs issue sunburn warning

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Health chiefs are warning people to wear sunscreen after nearly 60 people needed treatment for sunburn in West Norfolk last year.

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Police have seized a vehicle they believe to be linked to crimes.

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West Norfolk’s annual registration exercise will be taking place from the end of July onwards with publication of a revised register of electors following on December 1.

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Video Hundreds enjoy outdoor fun at Downham Games

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Young footballers and Olympic champions of the future donned their sports gear for this year’s Downham Games.

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A school took legal action against the education watchdog after it was branded inadequate.

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Work has begun on a major £4.5m expansion which is set to make a school into one of the region’s biggest primaries.

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Thousands flocked to Stradsett Country and Craft Show over the weekend.

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A woman staggered out of a pub and asked police for a lift home.

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Primary school children are playing their part in a project to cut food waste.

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A couple who have run a popular hotel in the heart of a Norfolk town for more than 25 years are selling up.

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People in West Norfolk are being urged to support hard working doctors and nurses over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

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A new drive is being held to dispel some of the myths surrounding dementia in a bid to encourage more people who are concerned about their health to visit a doctor.

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The family of a man who died in 2010 continue to urge anyone with information about his death to come forward.

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A fire station which burned down is being replaced with a new blue light hub.

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Trinity Rotary Club, The Magpie Centre for Riding for the Disabled and the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service are organising a charity 10k run and walk.

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Three schools entered a competition to design the medals for this year’s Downham Market Games.

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Plans for 240 homes on the edge of Downham Market have been given the go-ahead.

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The A10 has been closed after a crash involving three vehicles.

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A road bridge or underpass will now be needed as part of long-awaited improvements to the worst bottleneck on the region’s railway network.

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Plans for 240 new homes on the edge of Downham market look set to get the go-ahead.

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A popular family-run record store will be shutting up shop after 45 years.

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Passengers have been promised fewer delays and more reliable services by the country’s biggest rail franchise.

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Money saved by closing a town’s police station and making PCSOs redundant have made more resources available for front line policing, a public meeting heard tonight.

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Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner and Chief Constable will be answering questions from the public at a special event in West Norfolk next week.

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Common cranes have bred for the first time at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Welney Wetland Centre.

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Two men have been arrested over the unsolved death of a man eight years ago.

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A buzzard found dead in the West Norfolk Fens was not shot.

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A new sport has been added to the growing line up of activities taking place at this year’s Downham Games.

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Years ago, people in the Fens lay awake and worried about flooding. Nowadays, Dan Pollard stays up all night to stop it happening.

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One of Norfolk’s prettiest stations now has a bijou buffet.

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The RSPCA is caring for 12 rabbits after 17 were dumped in cages which were thrown into a roadside ditch.

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A Norfolk MP paid a visit to a West Norfolk brewery to shine a spotlight on the area’s tourism industry during English Tourism Week.

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A new community fridge in a West Norfolk town will help tackle food waste and aid families living in food poverty.

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Revised charges at a group of West Norfolk leisure centres go live from Monday.

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Three friends from Norfolk who have all experienced struggles with mental health have launched website to offer advice to others suffering in a similar way.

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A new JD Wetherspoon pub is set to open in a historic building in West Norfolk which has remained closed for nearly three years.

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Two burglaries in Downham Market

Monday, March 5, 2018

Police are investigating two burglaries in Downham Market.

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While hundreds of schools were closed across the region because of the weather, one was determined to go the extra mile for pupils.

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Fairy Fair returns to Norfolk

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Fairy Fair is returning to Norfolk, bringing magical events to two new venues.

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Trains are running as normal in West Norfolk, after five days of disruption.

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Reprieve for popular vintage rally

Monday, February 12, 2018

One of the region’s biggest vintage rallies has won a reprieve.

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Six fire crews sent to house blaze

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fire investigators are tonight trying to establish the cause of a blaze which left a home severely damaged.

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Two drivers face six points on their licence and a £200 fine after failing to spot a marked police patrol car.

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It sat on a mantlepiece for years undisturbed. Which was probably just as well, because it could have exploded at any time.

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Train travellers will soon be on track for a new refreshment stop.

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Do you recognise this man..? Police want to talk to him about thefts from three shops in West Norfolk.

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A popular family-focused games event has officially launched in Downham Market, now in it’s seventh year.

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Strenghtening a bridge will help ease delays on train services between King’s Lynn and Ely.

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Thousands of leisure centre users in West Norfolk could face higher charges for sports facilities.

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Wallet stolen in burglary

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A wallet and cash were stolen in a burglary in Downham Market.

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New defibrillator for primary school

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A new defibrillator serving Downham Market will be installed outside Hillcrest Primary School.

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Homeless women and those on low incomes in West Norfolk will benefit from the extension of a service set up to provide free sanitary products at libraries.

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Plans for 250 homes turned down

Monday, January 8, 2018

Plans for 250 new homes on the outskirts of Downham Market have been turned down.

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Poll Homes scheme set to get go-ahead today

Monday, January 8, 2018

Controversial plans for 250 new homes on the outskirts of Downham Market look set to get the go-ahead today.

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Shoppers were able to offer bags of help to the West Norfolk Mind peer support group based in Downham Market.

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Controversial plans for 250 new homes on the outskirts of Downham Market look set to get the go-ahead.

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Police are warning householders after an increase in thefts of heating fuel.

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