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Population: 9,994

Nearby Towns: King's Lynn, Swaffham, Wisbech

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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A team of volunteers are appealing for more people to help “fulfil orders” for face masks after struggling to keep up with demand.

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A Norfolk club is offering their support to the local community after receiving a share of a special coronavirus fund.

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A Norfolk animal care assistant is taking lockdown to a new level by staging a 26-hour cat pen sit-in for charity.

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Crews called out to tractor fire

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Firefighters were called to put out a blazing tractor.

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A couple have created and spread ‘pocket hugs’ around their town, hoping it will make people smile during the coronavirus crisis.

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Darth Vader spotted in Tesco queue

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Darth Vader may have been galaxies away from his usual planet but the Empire was in need of some essential shopping.

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A Norfolk estate agency has put together a window display as a show of appreciation for the NHS and essential workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Norfolk GP has joined doctors across the country in calling on the government to implement a policy that will see the public wearing face masks.

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Tributes have been paid to a “remarkable” man who continued to be a glider pilot up to the age of 92.

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A Norfolk town council will raise the St George’s flag in honour of the NHS and key workers as they fight against the “biggest dragon the UK has encountered.”

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A few post offices in west Norfolk have reopened following staffing issues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A chartered engineer is printing 3D face shields for key workers in his community amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Norfolk care home is appealing for help in creating a garden that is safe for residents to enjoy.

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Family members and the public have been leaving heartfelt messages of encouragement on the window of a Norfolk care home to cheer up residents and staff.

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A Norfolk heritage centre is encouraging people to discover its town’s history by joining in its trails as part of coronavirus exercise.

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A community-spirited volunteer group offering support to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic is said to be growing by the day.

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A club in Norfolk has donated Easter eggs to residential homes and key workers in the community after their raffle plans did not go eggs-actly to plan.

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A town councillor is making masks and scrub bags for key workers and members of the community amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Updated Person dies following house fire

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A person has died following a house fire in Norfolk.

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Organisers of an annual community games have set up a fitness challenge to replace it after it was cancelled.

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Staff at an Indian restaurant in Norfolk are showing their appreciation for NHS workers by donating weekly meals to their hospital

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An 85-year-old man has put together an NHS-themed flashing lights display to show support for key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Food and drink businesses are offering deliveries to homes across west Norfolk during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A concerned family member has called for supermarkets to do more to help the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak after her elderly in-laws struggled to get online food orders.

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Staff at a Norfolk bakery have said they are working tirelessly to deal with local demand after seeing an increase in customers come through their doors.

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Despite the forced closures of many shops due to the coronavirus, businesses across west Norfolk are continuing to support and provide services to the community in any way they can.

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A town’s market has been closed to keep the community safe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Norfolk market traders are offering their support by delivering produce for free to people self-isolating due to the coronavirus.

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A community initiative has united a team of volunteers in a Norfolk town to offer their support to those in need, following the coronavirus outbreak.

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Events across west Norfolk have been cancelled or postponed in response to government advice over the coronavirus.

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A Boots store in a Norfolk town has reduced its opening times in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

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A headteacher at a Norfolk school has said schools have faced “unprecedented challenges” over coronavirus and staff are on the “front line in keeping the country functioning” ahead of nationwide closures tomorrow.

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West Norfolk’s four main leisure centres are closing because of coronavirus.

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A transport and companion service providing support to those who are unable to get around themselves, have said they will carry on regardless despite coronavirus fears.

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Gyms and swimming pools in towns across West Norfolk will remain open, the trust which runs them said.

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They’ve rescued pets from fires and attended plenty of cats stuck up trees - but the rescue of a starling stuck down a drain is something RSPCA and fire service workers have never been confronted with.

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A defiant Norfolk butcher has said he will not be “whipped up into paranoia” over the coronavirus.

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An image and style consultant hoping to change people’s lives and make them feel good about themselves has launched a clothing line.

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