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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.

Fears a town could be gridlocked have been raised as work to supply 5,000 new homes with electricity could close a “vital route” for up to ten weeks.

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A town’s kebab shop has been given a year to find new premises after a council made a temporary U-turn on its decision to evict the owners from its premises.

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A huge blaze which destroyed 14,000sq m of Thetford Forest has prompted stark warnings about fire safety as an expected heatwave brings tinder dry conditions.

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A symbol of hope and unity, and for one man a reminder of a loved one he has lost, families in a town witnessed a breath-taking rainbow above their homes.

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A Norfolk town is to welcome its first domestic abuse charity and drop-in support service, led by women who hope to empower others to “break the cycle”.

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A fly-tipper who abandoned a pile of rubbish next to a public bin has been fined £300.

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Aged 34, David Nix was planning a year packed full of adventures with his partner.

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Overnight break-ins saw documents and power tools stolen from a number of vehicles on the same street.

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More than 60 off-road vehicles were stopped as part of a police operation to tackle illegal quadbike and motorbike use in Thetford Forest.

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Norfolk and the people who make it great were celebrated at a special Norfolk Day street party.

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A Norfolk hotel has brought in a chef to the stars in a bid to entice customers as it recovers from the pandemic.

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Around 2,000 people gathered as part of an illegal car cruising meet-up, sparking a warning from police that participants could have their vehicles seized.

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A Norfolk hotel has brought in a chef to the stars in a bid to entice customers as it recovers from the pandemic.

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The site of a former Norfolk hospital has been cleared, as developers prepare to build new homes.

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A man in his 20s has been left with serious facial injuries after he was brutally assaulted in Thetford.

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A kebab shop could be forced to close after 30 years, having being given notice to quit by its town council landlord.

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A man in his 40s was arrested after police found Class A drugs during their search of a car.

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A main road in Norfolk whose surface resembles a “badly-made bed” is set for £2.8m of improvements.

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Open space, fresh air and gentle exercise - just some of the reasons why business is booming at a town’s golf club post lockdown.

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A fly-tipper moved to Europe after dumping a “substantial” amount of waste on a scenic Norfolk estate – but that did not stop the council from tracking him down and handing him a fine.

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‘No touching the ball and no matches’, is what players of a town’s football club were told as they returned to training sessions.

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The High Sheriff of Norfolk has hailed a community centre which proved a lifeline for hundreds of families during the very worst of lockdown.

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Updated Railway barriers stuck down on busy A-road

Monday, July 13, 2020

Drivers faced lengthy diversions after railway barriers malfunctioned and blocked a busy A-road.

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Street drinking, speeding and anti-social behaviour are the main issues people say they want to be tackled in their town.

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A survey of a town’s schools has revealed that 100pc of those who responded are concerned about children suffering from “holiday hunger.”

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Gamers from a town completed a 24-hour non-stop ‘gameathon’ to raise money for a Norfolk charity.

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A community has been reassured that a vital bus service is set to return to an estate.

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An 11-year-old has told of her heartbreak after a Christmas tree she planted with her grandad nine years ago was chopped down by vandals.

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Ninth-century Viking Norfolk will be one of the spectacular settings for the latest edition of the hit video game Assassin’s Creed, it can be revealed.

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A 15-year-old refugee who escaped a war-torn country and made Norfolk his home has been given a boost in his journey to realise his “tremendous” sporting potential.

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Motorists have been caught at speeds up to 20mph above the 30mph limit on roads in Thetford.

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As a town’s restaurants and pubs prepare to reopen from July 4, landlords have been working hard to make sure their punters will be safe.

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A town’s public toilets are set to reopen from July 3, in a bid to encourage shoppers to come out and support local businesses.

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A councillor who is shielding his 93-year-old father has hit back at criticism from a colleague, who claims he has been “hiding behind the sofa” rather than supporting a town recover from the effects of Covid-19.

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A man has been fined for littering outside a community centre and dumping household waste in public bins.

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As the government announced plans for pubs and restaurants to re-open from July 4, many in the leisure industry were left feeling in limbo. EMILY THOMSON caught up with three Thetford fitness instructors as they wait to get back in the gym.

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A driver was found to be in possession of illegal cigarettes and using red diesel when pulled over by police for his “erratic driving”.

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Year 10 students at nine secondary schools across Norfolk and Waveney have started Saturday catch-up classes and will be returning early from their summer holidays, to make up for lessons lost during lockdown.

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A 12-year-old boy had his bike stolen after he was threatened with a knife.

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As key workers across Norfolk start reuniting with their families after lockdown, a town’s photographer is offering to capture that special moment.

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A teen who used his passion for running to overcome bullying, is set to take part in a 10km run to raise money for a Norfolk zoo which is struggling for survival.

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A town’s business centre which has been praised for its “incredible” response to the coronavirus pandemic must now be trusted to lead the community’s recovery, a report has revealed.

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Solidarity and support was seen in Thetford on Monday, as businesses welcome backed shoppers for the first time since lockdown began.

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The life of a Sikh prince who left a lasting legacy in Norfolk and Suffolk is to be the focus of a unique online event.

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A man has been £600 after he was found responsible for car parts that were dumped in a woodland area.

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The new mayor of Thetford has said “this year will be unlike any other” and vowed to help his community recover following the coronavirus pandemic.

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An inquest has opened into the death of teenager who died at home.

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Melanie Sturman thought 2020 was to be the year she completed her 300th marathon, got married and celebrated her 50th birthday.

But after coronavirus, her plans for two of those three milestones are on hold.

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A town’s historic guildhall is set to become an “important” heritage site for future generations.

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A car was set on fire in Thetford in a suspected arson attack.

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There were long queues outside the drive-throughs as some McDonald’s in Norfolk reopened for the first time after lockdown.

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A town’s market is set to make a phased return as lockdown starts to ease.

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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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