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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.

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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Video Weird Norfolk: The legends of Castle Hill, Thetford

Saturday, September 29, 2018

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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Heritage day to be held in Thetford Forest

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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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A one-day festival will see hundreds of people gather in Thetford to mark the 125th anniversary of the death of the last Sikh ruler.

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A new bobby will be out on the beat in Breckland next month, after being appointed its Chief Inspector.

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The family of a man who went missing from a Norfolk care home have praised the public, emergency services and rescue teams involved in the search for him.

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Here is our monthly look back at some of the criminals who were jailed in Norfolk courts in July.

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The dangers of children being sold illegal cigarettes and tobacco across Norfolk are to be highlighted in a touring roadshow featuring a sniffer dog who is the bane of unscrupulous traders.

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A group of travel agents from Norfolk have picked up their paintbrushes to decorate a sensory room for adults with learning and physical disabilities.

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A couple who met and fell in love during the Second World War have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

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Video Norfolk Day Grand Tour visits Thetford

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The mayors and chairmen of Norfolk have visited Thetford as part of the Norfolk Grand Tour.

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Help us bash the balsam

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Volunteers are needed to bash the balsam.

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A new defibrillator will be installed in Brandon thanks to the fundraising efforts of a football team.

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A man has died after being trapped beneath a car.

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One of the largest investments on a single site in Norfolk in a decade, made by a homegrown pet food producer, is starting to reap rewards.

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Did you attend Thetford Grammar School nearly 60 years ago?

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The new boss of a major East Anglian holiday resort has revealed its £10m investment plan for the next year.

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A Norfolk runner is preparing to take on 10 marathons in 10 days to help raise money to start a junior parkrun event.

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A drunk man turned slumped on a road sign turned out to be wanted by police.

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Business owners are being encouraged to help offenders get a foothold in the job market to drive down the £15bn annual bill which reoffending incurs for the country.

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CCTV footage showing the final movements of a homeless man before he was killed in Norwich is being prepared ahead of his inquest.

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The new Mayor of Thetford said his year in post will be spent championing the town and creating a legacy for the future.

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A holiday resort on the Norfolk/Suffolk border has unveiled new additions to its accommodation stock.

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A Thetford man is preparing to take on a 152 mile cycle challenge to help raise money for medical treatment for his uncle.

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The new Mayor of Thetford will be sworn in during a mayor-making ceremony at the town’s Guildhall.

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Here is our monthly look back at some of the criminals who were jailed in Norfolk courts in April.

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Police hunt wanted man across Norfolk

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a Norwich man who is wanted.

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An inquest has been opened into the death of a woman who had a fall at her Norwich home.

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The second stage of a public consultation into boundary changes in Thetford has started.

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Winter may finally be over as Mediterranean temperatures are set to hit Norfolk and Waveney with many expected to see the hottest day of the year so far.

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Thetford Town Council is calling for boundary changes so that people moving into thousands of new homes on the outskirts of the town pay the same as those already living there.

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A new gardening group which aims to bring women from different communities together is being held in Thetford.

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A road was blocked for hours today after a lorry load of turkeys went into a ditch.

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A regional accountancy firm has bolstered its presence in Suffolk through a merger with another practice.

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New gender pay gap data released by some of Norfolk and Suffolk’s biggest manufacturers has revealed a mixed picture in the industry.

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The country’s largest chicken processing group has revealed its gender pay gap alongside a raft of measures to strengthen gender equality.

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A force of brave runners made their way through Elveden’s tough terrain to raise thousands for East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

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It started off with 13 pioneers in a west London park but in the space of a few short years has become an international phenomenon, with almost three million participants in 17 countries, stretching from the UK to Singapore, South Africa, Australia and America.

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A special walk was held to give rare dogs a chance to meet other members of their own breed.

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Don’t panic, don’t panic Captain Mainwaring... A museum dedicated to a cult TV sitcom reopens today.

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An East Anglian food factory has welcomed secondary school students to its site as part of a programme aimed at offering youngsters insights into the world of work.

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Thetford Town Council has marked Commonwealth Day by raising the flag outside the offices at King’s House.

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A new series of guides about the wildlife of the Brecks have been created in the hope of introducing new people to the fascinating area.

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Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group honours Scole teeneager

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A woman who has spent the past eight years in constant pain is hoping specialist treatment will help her to rebuild her life.

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Thursday March 8 is National Pothole Day. Here is what our Facebook followers had to say about the condition of Norfolk’s roads.

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Could these teenagers be the next British Winter Olympic stars?

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The food people provide in their gardens can be particularly important - and you might see a few new visitors.

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Video Lorries stranded as heavy snow causes chaos on A11

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Stranded vehicles including a lorry have caused heavy traffic and long delays on the A11.

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An actress who entertained audiences across Norfolk with her singing and character roles had one final standing ovation - at her funeral.

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A kind gesture and a stroke of luck has led a Norfolk man to donate hundreds of pounds to a hospice.

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Hundreds of people flocked to the first day of East Anglia’s largest wedding show this weekend.

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Center Parcs has pulled its advertising with the Daily Mail after a promotion appeared alongside a column criticising the diver Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black, who are expecting a child.

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Tributes have been paid to a multi-talented sportsman who has been described as “marvellous with people”.

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A charitable fund set up in memory of a popular Lowestoft teenager has surpassed a major milestone.

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

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A children’s hospice has enjoyed its best-ever week on eBay after taking £4,784.

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Challenging trading conditions relating to the Brexit vote and last summer’s impromptu general election contributed to the collapse of an East Anglian furniture chain, a new report reveals.

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Over the last 20 years the number of cuckoos in the UK has halved.

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Two East Anglian equine businesses have been recognised at an awards ceremony held by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA).

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A celebratory event has marked the 150th birthday of a prince who dedicated much of his life to preserving the heritage of Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Rail passengers travelling between Norwich and Thetford faced delays after a signalling fault caused lines to become blocked.

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Emergency services in Great Yarmouth have teamed up to provide even quicker response times for ambulance crews.

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Independent retailers will be given an online shop window as part of plans to create a ‘digital high street’ in some of Norfolk’s market towns.

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Rare and valuable books worth more than £65,000 - including a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - have been stolen from a family-run business.

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Rare books worth tens of thousands are among the items stolen in a burglary in Thetford.

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More than £1,000 in donations were collected during Santa’s visits around Thetford.

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It hopes to build on a project which aimed to increase people’s love of the unique Brecks landscape.

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A laugh-out-loud coming of age comedy about sexual identity that was a hit at last year’s Holt Festival is being rolled out across the county.

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Tourists in Norfolk may have a new hot spot as plans to build a hotel in a market town have been submitted.

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An inspirational father-of-six from Dereham has joined an exclusive club of marathon runners having completed his 100th in 100 weeks.

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A new distribution deal is helping a Norfolk spirits company take on the heavyweights of gin and Scotch, as it looks to get into bars and restaurants across the country.

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From mince pie makers to turkey producers there are many businesses which make Christmas happen.

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Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced she will be performing in Norfolk next summer.

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