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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.

A Norfolk secondary school is set to provide autistic children with “the education they deserve” as its specialist resource base will officially open from January 2021.

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Log cabins and a new outdoor seating area could be introduced at a town’s pub, as its owners say they are “thinking outside of the box” to rescue their business.

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A town’s headteacher has revealed how his student’s lives are set to change, as the school prepares to reopen for its youngest years on June 1.

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An ambulance worker has described the emotional moment his community welcomed him home after he spent five weeks fearing for his life battling coronavirus.

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A “determined” youngster has raised nearly £1000 after setting herself the challenge to run a mile around her garden every day during lockdown, in a bid to raise money for the NHS.

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A photography group has created a book and delivered it to 11,000 homes for free to highlight what makes their town a “wonderful” place to live.

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Across Norfolk, people are weighing up how the easing of lockdown restrictions will play out. EMILY THOMSON found out what life is starting to look like in Thetford.

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Meetings could be held outside in a bid to increase transparency and “inspire confidence” in the community during the coronavirus lockdown, a councillor has suggested.

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As lockdown starts to ease and the government advises that nurseries can re-open as of June 1, many parents are undecided about whether they should let their children return. Our reporter EMILY THOMSON spoke to two nursery owners from Thetford who say they are still uncertain about the future.

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A mother-of-two has spoken of her pride as her sons prepare to complete a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for the NHS.

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A player from a Norfolk town has won £30,000 by playing the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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A proposed cycle route on a town’s main road has been described as “far from perfect” and could “increase danger”, a councillor has warned.

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Feelings of “frustration” and “disappointment” have been expressed after a town’s building which was compulsory purchased by Norfolk County Council has been left empty since 2013.

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A tunnel could be dug under a town’s historic bridges to house cables to power 5,000 new homes.

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Police searches in a Norfolk town have uncovered drug and weapons offences.

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A gym owner has called for more support for smaller businesses as he says they have been “hit the hardest” amid the coronavirus crisis.

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In years to come, the coronavirus pandemic will be looked back on as a time of crisis, but also a period when community spirit came to the fore.

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When Devon Hampton heard about the efforts of Captain Tom, he told his mother, Emma, that he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

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As Terry Gillman pauses to chat, he temporarily lays down his trusty potato peeler.

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When eight-year-old Devon Hampton heard about the fundraising efforts of Captain Tom Moore, he told his mother, Emma, that he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

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An artist has painted a mural on the side of a Thetford pub saluting the efforts of Captain Tom Moore.

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A family-run haulage company is set to fill a town’s streets with flashing lights and “uplifting music” as staff attempt to spread some cheer during lockdown.

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Vandals scratched a car while it was parked in a town.

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A lorry load of waste has been dumped at a beauty spot.

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The owner of a popular vape shop has vowed to come back stronger after dozens of items were stolen in an overnight burglary.

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One of the region’s major food processors is calling for new workers to help it cope with unprecedented demand brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Forestry England has urged people not to visit Thetford Forest after the amount of visitors made it “impossible” to follow social distancing advice during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Thetford Forest is staying open and allowing visitors in for free to access its green spaces and wellbeing benefits during the coronavirus social distancing advice.

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Thetford’s Iceland Food Warehouse has started a special one hour window once a week to allow elderly and vulnerable customers the opportunity to shop before stocks of essential items are bought.

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A fire crew was called out after a car collided with a telegraph pole.

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Concrete barriers have been put in place to enforce a road closure - after drivers moved plastic ones which had been put in place.

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A historian is planning to publish a book after winning a lottery.

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A11 Starbucks opening delayed

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The opening of a coffee shop on the A11 has been delayed after plans were withdrawn.

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A person died after suffering a cardiac arrest in Thetford, despite the best efforts of air and land ambulance crews.

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Seven injured in two car crash

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Seven people have suffered injuries after a crash on a busy Thetford Forest road.

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An RAF base has donated more than 100 costumes to a nearby theatre group.

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A woman was attacked by a man in broad daylight while trying to stop him from stealing a handbag from an elderly woman.

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Two large sections of a bird hide in an area popular with wildlife lovers have been stolen by thieves.

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This is the moment a substation exploded after a tree fell onto it during Storm Ciara.

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A businesswoman has told of her train travel chaos that left her zigzagging across the region as Storm Ciara struck.

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Children have been asked by a housing company to design their ideal place to live as it looks to make major revamps to a town estate.

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A town’s sharps bin used for the safe disposal of drug paraphernalia has been described as a “real danger” after complaints that the council are failing to empty it.

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A Suffolk councillor who reportedly left a female lorry driver “scared” and “intimidated” has been ordered to apologise for his actions while a formal complaints procedure investigates his conduct.

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The victim of a hit-and-run crash has described how the driver who hit her offered to take her to McDonalds as she lay in the road with multiple broken bones.

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A man has been fined after dumping waste under a no fly tipping sign.

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A picturesque river running through a town has been captured on video like never before.

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Updated A11 closed after crash

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The A11 has reopened in both directions after a collision near Snetterton.

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A town is set to host a full-on festival experience as organisers of an all-day rock and indie event hope to bring back its music scene.

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An 165-year-old pub that was partially demolished has been left exposed to the elements for almost six months as its future hangs in limbo.

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A town has been tackling an anti-social behaviour “hotspot” as a new clear-up project hopes to make it “a pleasant place for the community”.

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Students are set to get an eco-friendly dining hall as their school is given the go-ahead to demolish its current building.

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The first of thousands of families have officially moved into their new homes as work on a town’s 5,000-home estate continues.

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A play group says demand has soared for its health clinics as parents in areas where services have been lost travel miles to be seen.

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The future of Thetford’s town centre has been a frequent topic of debate for a number of years, and shows no sign of letting up.

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A town must think more creatively if it is to improve for future generations, a councillor has claimed.

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The west of Norfolk is being ignored and investment in the region’s railway is being wasted due to a lack of infrastructure, a councillor has warned.

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Two men are to stand trial after they denied attempting to steal a cannabis plant after breaking into a property with a machete.

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A man with 253 previous convictions spanning 30 years has been jailed for nine months at Ipswich Crown Court.

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A Thetford man has been fined £600 for dumping fencing panels and other DIY waste in Thetford Forest.

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Members of a community have asked police, “how safe are our children?” following the murder of a man involved with county lines drugs dealing in their town.

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Parts of a town have been “left in darkness” because broken street lights are not being repaired, a councillor has claimed.

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A Norfolk man said his inspiration for losing six stone was to watch his children grow up, after doctors voiced fears for his health.

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A new coffee shop, restaurant and drive-thru could be built close to a town along the A11.

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Residents grabbed a garden hose and a jet wash in a desperate battle to stop a fire in a garage block from spreading to their homes.

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A garage block was set on fire in Thetford.

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Tributes have been paid to a “much-loved” cleaner whose death has left a community “devastated”.

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A 36-year-old man has been charged in connection with a series of burglaries in Thetford.

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Officers will be warning a community about the dangers of drug dealing after a murder related to County Lines.

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A driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after taking their Audi for a drive through a pedestrianised high street.

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Laptops, phones and cash have been stolen in a string of “creeper” burglaries over the Christmas period in a town.

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A town’s garden centre has revealed plans to introduce adventure crazy golf in a bid to make the business more “family orientated”.

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A 30mph speed limit restriction throughout a town is a step closer after councillors met with roads officers.

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Families living in a Norfolk estate are set to be given a say on how it is transformed.

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Four people have been charged with murdering a 25-year-old man in Thetford.

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Woman raped in town centre property

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A woman has been raped in Thetford.

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Christmas has come early to pupils at The Bishop’s CE Primary Academy in Thetford after being gifted a host of computer equipment.

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A village is getting a new estate despite neighbour’s objections after plans for 18 homes were unanimously agreed.

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The company which runs Norfolk’s largest duck farm has launched an investigation into claims that birds were carried by their necks causing breaks, given limited water and limited space.

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There have been delays on the A11 today after a car flipped into a ditch.

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Breckland’s concentration of potato-growing knowhow has made it the “farming equivalent of Canary Wharf”, according to one of three farms in the area to earn national industry recognition.

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American military aircraft based in East Anglia have joined UK fighter jets in a training exercise over the North Sea.

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Two women who worked on US military bases, who claim they were wrongly dismissed, have been told their cases can not be heard by an employment tribunal.

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Homeless and addicted to drugs, Teejay Collins could not see a way out of a life of poverty and crime.

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A device to capture cow burps, a crop-hopping quadcopter and an intelligent field-mapping robot were among the vast array of new agri-tech ideas shown to East Anglian farmers at a major industry showcase.

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Forest visitors are being warned to protect themselves against ticks after it emerged some carrying a brain disease had been found in Thetford Forest.

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A teenager has been re-arrested as investigations into the murder of a 25-year-old man in Thetford continue.

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Delays for drivers on A11

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Drivers are experiencing delays on the A11 because of a broken down tractor.

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A community is feeling ‘optimistic’ that change will happen as a campaign to get a blanket speed limit across a town makes headway.

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A man in 60s, arrested in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old man in Thetford has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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Police are appealing for help to identify a woman following the theft of over £100 worth of candles.

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Fifth arrest over Thetford killing

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Police said the man, who is in his 60s had been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning. He remains in custody.

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The thoughts of a community are with the family of a man who was stabbed to death in Thetford.

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The heartbroken widow of a much-loved historian says his death is a “huge loss for Thetford”.

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Priceless religious wall paintings are at risk, warns a charity launching an appeal to save them.

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A town’s community group has vowed to combat loneliness, saying too many people are suffering in silence.

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A banned driver who got behind the wheel of his car because he was late for a Jobcentre appointment after caring for his dying mother has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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Sheep and goats could cut the grass at an historic castle’s remains as a council attempts to slash costs.

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A popular annual community day, which featured a motorcycle stunt team, has been hailed a success.

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”Listen very carefully, I will only say this only once”.

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Climate change is affecting more than a third of our breeding bird populations, according to new research – with more winners than losers emerging from the warmer winters.

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