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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.

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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Two shotguns and a large quantity of jewellery have been stolen in a burglary.

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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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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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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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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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