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Your Town | Thetford

Population: 21,588

Nearby Towns: Attleborough, Diss, Watton

One of the main gateways to Norfolk, Thetford sits on the border with neighbouring Suffolk and boasts a rich history and a wealth of natural beauty.

Situated in the heart of Thetford Forest, the historic town dates back to the time of the Iceni, and its famous residents include Boudica, Thomas Paine and the Maharajah Duleep Singh.

The last two centuries have seen it become an industrial hub, with the Charles Burrell factory employing the majority of the town in the early 20th century.

The 1960s saw the town expand due to the incoming London overspill, and recent years have seen it became a centre for migration from Portugal and eastern Europe.

Tributes have been pouring in for a man who died after he was hit by a VW camper van.

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A family holiday resort is celebrating its 30th birthday.

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A £,1500 vase and a £70 slipper donated by Ed Sheeran are some of the quirky items helping a charity make thousands of pounds online.

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A magician who reached the final of Britain's Got Talent has pledged to perform in his home town.

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Vandals have destroyed a sprinkler being used to water freshly-sown young people's football pitches.

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Discount book, crafts and toy store The Works has confirmed it is "looking into" a location in Thetford.

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A safety review is under way into a notorious railway bridge.

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They may have left our skies but the RAF's iconic Tornado still has work to do.

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A discount food store is the latest to join a new £6.9m retail park.

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Police are investigating a stabbing in Thetford.

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Gallery RAF Honington given Freedom of Thetford

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Crowds lined the streets as RAF Honington received the Freedom of Thetford.

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Diners did a double take when a dead ringer for a soap actor turned out to be him.

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A taxi owner claims attacks on his vehicle are driving him out of business.

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As spring is in the air and the weather is getting warmer, staff from wilko Thetford and 17 surrounding stores across Norfolk have been taking part in the Great British Spring Clean.

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Why pound the pavements of London when you can be running through leafy forest to the sound of birdsong..?

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Thetford is a town is steeped in history.

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Allotment holders in Thetford have formed a group in response to proposals to build car parking spaces for the town's station on an allotment site.

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Police are continuing to gather evidence into the death of two men last summer.

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Norfolk is set to go stateside as a charity American car cruise makes its way from Norwich to Thetford.

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Like many towns, Thetford's high street is struggling under the weight of stagnating wages and competition from the internet.

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For the people who live in Thetford, the challenges the town faces and where it sits at the moment change dependent on where you live and how long you have lived there.

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In the second of our series focusing on key issues in some of our largest towns Conor Matchett puts the spotlight on Thetford

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The final two cast members have been announced for the remakes of three episodes of wartime comedy sitcom Dad's Army.

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Four Norfolk attractions have been recognised by a national tourism board for providing excellent visitor experiences.

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Norfolk MPs have branded "unacceptable" the decision to close a bridge over the Norwich to Thetford rail line for five years after it was damaged in an accident.

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What did the Vikings do for us?

Friday, February 8, 2019

As a major new exhibition arrives at Norwich Castle we find out about the legacy the Vikings left in our language, landscape and legends

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Extra trains are being put on for fans heading to the East Anglian derby on Sunday.

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Rent-to-own company BrightHouse has announced that one of its Norfolk stores will be among 30 shops which will shut.

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It was an emotional night which brought together unsung heroes, volunteers and community groups to receive much-deserved recognition.

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A petition launched by shopkeepers fed up of town centre parking woes has gained hundreds of signatures.

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Testing of Greater Anglia's new trains is set to take place in daylight on more routes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex from later this month.

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Tributes have been paid to the humour and public service of a town and district councillor who died last week.

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A till containing nearly £1,000 was stolen from a Norfolk mayor's business after thieves bent metal bars and unscrewed smash-proof windows to get access to his shop.

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Police arrested a driver who gave a positive drug test an hour after smoking cannabis.

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A man whose white removals van had its tyres slashed and window damaged has today issued a warning to others following a spate of white van thefts across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Children from a Cromer school celebrated the festive season at a Christmas service featuring pupils from academies across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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The construction of a new 'roundabout to nowhere' which has cost taxpayers £1.5m has not led to any firm interest from businesses - despite being billed as the key to "unlock the full potential" of an employment site.

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Rock band Mud may have been feeling lonely at Christmas but to prevent the same happening to people in Norfolk, dozens of organisations are opening their doors to ensure no-one spends the festive season alone.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a collision in Thetford.

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People living in a south Norfolk village which has been left without a dentist have told how they are now having to travel for miles to receive care, with some missing out altogether.

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Hundreds of runners donned red hats and bellies to raise money for charity in Thetford on Sunday.

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Steph Callen of Diss and District Athletics Club tells us why we should consider Park Run this January

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The British Dental Association has called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to tackle a crisis in access to dental services that is forcing new patients in Norfolk to travel over 60 miles.

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Residents are being urged to keep their vehicles secure following a spate of van thefts.

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Sector leaders have their say on Theresa May's Brexit deal

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An author from mid-Norfolk has written a book about a Vikings after being inspired by "fake news".

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New charity shop to open in town

Friday, November 16, 2018

The deputy mayor of Thetford will welcome the town's newest charity shop when it opens in two weeks.

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A woman was arrested after allegedly assaulting two people and a police officer at a remembrance concert.

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Communities across Norfolk and Suffolk have marked 100 years since the Great War's armistice with a host of processions, services and events.

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

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The parents of Helen Lovegrove have spoken of their devastating loss and anger at the sentence for the driver who admitted causing her death by careless driving.

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A former King's Lynn restaurant owner is nearing the £1m turnover milestone after launching his own food delivery app to compete with national rivals.

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A touching mural dedicated to the lives lost in the First World War has appeared on the side of a Thetford pub.

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Sikhs from across the United Kingdom gathered in Thetford to pay their respects to the last ruler of the Sikh Empire at a wreath laying and plaque unveiling ceremonies.

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A village will be left without dental care at the end of next month, with no nearby practices accepting new patients.

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Video Is this Norfolk's youngest Bee keeper?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Most teenagers are hooked on computer games, but Ben Sullivan gets a buzz from beekeeping.

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An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a popular 24-year-old who died after a road crash near Thetford.

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A trio of students are bringing girl power to South Norfolk as they release their debut single this month.

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Norfolk's chief fire officer hopes a lifesaving scheme which sees firefighters respond to medical emergencies in the county can be revived.

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Lost episodes of Dad's Army could be re-made with a new cast.

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It's the highest Norman motte in England although no trace remains of the castle built in turbulent times which it housed: but today's tale regards the hill, not what topped it.

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A mother was attacked by a mugger who punched her in the face whilst she was on the way to collect her son from school.

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Motorists are being warned to expect delays for 13 weeks as a £1.5m project gets underway to build a roundabout in Thetford.

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A group of football fans have shown their charitable sides by riding more than 200 miles across East Anglia to raise £5,200.

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It has been one of the most distinctive vehicles on our roads for more than half a century.

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Business owners, employers and the community are being encouraged to take part in a new awards which have been launched to celebrate the business industry in Thetford.

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A poignant Torch of Remembrance is making its journey home from Belgium and will be marked with events across Norfolk.

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It was a top secret military base which played a key role in the early days of Britain's nuclear weapons programme.

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Recycling banks designed to stop cooking oil and other fats going unnecessarily down the drain causing fatbergs are to be removed due to people dumping hazardous items.

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A teacher and support staff member from Cromer have received awards from an Olympic gold medallist at a special event to mark the new school year.

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Roadworks to create a new roundabout at the entrance to a busy industrial estate get under way from September 10 - and are likely to cause 13 weeks of disruption.

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These are the 10 criminals Norfolk Constabulary is currently appealing for help to trace in the county with crimes ranging from drug offences to attempted murder in Norwich.

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Visitors to Thetford Forest can learn about the thousands of years of history beneath the trees during a heritage open day.

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Torrential rain failed to dampen spirits as hundreds of people gathered for a festival in Thetford to mark the 125th anniversary of the death of the last Sikh ruler.

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