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Population: 9,994

Nearby Towns: King's Lynn, Swaffham, Wisbech

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

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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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A Norfolk market town is getting ready to celebrate its proud horse history and a tradition that dates back centuries.

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Downham Market in 10 objects

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The west Norfolk market town was renowned for its horse fair and butter market and items reflecting the town’s history are preserved by Discover Downham Heritage centre.

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A Norfolk town council is urging members of the community to ‘behave sensibly’ and to not stockpile following coronavirus fears.

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A Norfolk artist who has launched her first solo exhibition is happy to see her lifelong dream come into fruition.

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Business women from across East Anglia came together to inspire and support one another in a special event to mark International Women’s Day.

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Police officers took part in a Norfolk school’s women’s empowerment day to inspire girls and raise their aspirations for the future.

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Town leaders say there is a renewed “vigour” to keep its cinema going after a warning that it may close.

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A cat looking to find his forever home is in need of an owner who can help manage his pain.

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A Grade II listed hotel in the heart of a Norfolk town will be turned into flats after years of it being on the market.

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Homes in the Fens without power

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Homes across parts of the Fens are without power this morning.

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The owners of a gin and honey shop in a Norfolk town have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome they have received and have said they aim to be part of the fabric of the community.

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A new chairman has been appointed at a Norfolk riding for the disabled charity.

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An event will be held to showcase the important work carried out by volunteers at a town’s heritage centre.

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Town organisers are appealing for help with this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition.

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A charity shop providing services for people that are deaf is set to close this month.

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St Edmund’s Church located on King’s Walk in Downham Market was the target of thieves last week.

Criminals made off with two-thirds of the lead roof in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, February 12.

An estimated £30,000 worth of damage has been caused to the Grade I listed building.

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An ABBA-themed charity event will help raise funds for “desperate” renovation of Scout and GirlGuiding facilities in a Norfolk town.

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A landmark hotel looks set to be converted into flats after failing to attract a buyer.

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Lorry driver punches fellow trucker

Monday, February 24, 2020

A lorry driver punched another trucker before driving off.

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Hundreds of homes hit by powercut

Thursday, February 20, 2020

More than 300 homes and businesses have been left without electricity after a powercut.

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A Norfolk town could be one step closer to getting a McDonald’s and Starbucks following plans that received no objections from highways officers.

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Groups of business women across East Anglia will come together for an event to mark International Women’s Day.

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Prosecco, toilet roll and cash were among the items stolen in a spate of break-ins in a west Norfolk town.

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Lead stolen from town centre church

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The lead from a town centre church has been stolen.

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A school in west Norfolk could get the addition of a new classroom if plans are approved.

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A market town has been left behind as it is the “poor cousin” of its Norfolk neighbour, a councillor has claimed.

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‘Mindless’ criminals broke into a number of independent shops in a Norfolk town stealing a range of peculiar items.

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Ideas for the future use of a town hall were discussed at a town council meeting following concerns the building was “not making any money.”

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Warning after thieves target villages

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Six villages have been targeted in a spate of burglaries.

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A plan to build a new McDonald’s and Starbucks on the outskirts of a town has been given the thumbs down by councillors and slammed as “ludicrous” by residents.

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A primary in west Norfolk collapsed its normal school timetable this week to teach children about the importance of the environment and sustainability.

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A £1.7m scheme saw major investment put into a Norfolk town to enhance and improve its centre.

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Parking and traffic flow have been outlined as key focuses for a Norfolk town in a new strategy blueprint.

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Downham Market town council are promising the event will be ‘bigger and better’ than before.

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Like thousands, they took off from Norfolk in their lumbering bomber and never came home.

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

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A shop owner says commuters parking all day in west Norfolk has reduced footfall and knocked his trade.

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An empty building, which has deteriorated over the years, has been labelled an eyesore.

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A member of a club aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation for the older generation has claimed it is under threat of “destruction” by the town council.

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