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Population: 6,819

Nearby Towns: Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham

Watton is a typical mid Norfolk market town with a weekly market on a Wednesday morning.

The nearby Wayland Wood is believed to be the scene of the old English folk tale the Babes in the Wood and the town sign reflects this link.

The town hosts the Wayland Agricultural Show each year which is one of the oldest and largest shows of its kind.

Formerly home to an RAF base some of the area’s big employers now include Cranswick Country Foods and Exheat.

A herd of deer were left to starve at a stately home, a court heard today.

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Norfolk artists have been invited to bid for a £5,000 commission to produce a piece of public art at a development of new homes.

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After more than six months of waiting a Norfolk town has finally welcomed back a post office to its high street.

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A final, emotional, plea for a rethink has been made by parents of children with disabilities who would lose out because of care cost changes.

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One of the busiest roads in a Norfolk town is to shut for nearly a week for resurfacing.

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The mid Norfolk town of Watton was the focus of a national TV Sunday morning politics show which discussed its history and local people’s views on Brexit.

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Campaigners who want a People’s Vote over Brexit are out on the streets of Norwich and Sheringham today (Saturday).

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A television crew for a political show on Sky has been filming in a Norfolk town this week.

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A Norfolk mayor who received abusive personal letters which led to her keeping a baseball bat by the side of her bed has spoken out about her experience.

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A couple have told how they want to move out of their Norfolk home after their driveway was repeatedly used as a toilet by passers-by.

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The date of the long-awaited re-opening of a Norfolk town’s Post Office has been officially confirmed.

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A family run firm in Norfolk has passed its fund-raising pledge and donated £40,000 to the nook appeal.

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The six wheels on a minibus were stolen while it was parked on an industrial estate in Dereham.

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Dramatic drone footage of a 600 tonne straw fire shows the ferocity and size of the blaze.

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A 600-tonne straw fire which took 15 hours to finally die down has been described as “catastrophic” by the mayor of Watton.

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In 1988 Tina Kiddell was the youngest woman to ever become a London black cab driver, and only the 42nd ever woman to be given her badge.

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A removals firm which carried Second World War pilots around the country and survived three recessions has celebrated its 90th birthday. Hadley and Ottaway removals was founded in Norfolk in 1928 by Jack Hadley and Herbert Ottaway, who with their single van began moving families around Norwich.

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Family and friends yesterday paid an emotional farewell to Jon Collins, the pest control worker killed at Banham Poultry.

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After nearly six months without a Post Office, the people of Watton will finally have somewhere to send their parcels from when the new Post Office opens in Watton Edwards News.

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Towns across the region will remember the fallen soldiers and the centenary of the end of the First World War next weekend.

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A pair of entertainer pals are hoping to add a touch of magic to North Walsham’s annual family fun day, by donating part of the proceeds of a circus-themed variety show they are staging at the town’s Atrium community arts centre to the popular summertime event.

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Prepare to be amazed as Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Jamie Raven comes to the city with his latest show.

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If you’re looking for luxury living in a new home, this weekend, many showhomes are open to potential buyers with several open events planned around the county.

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People fear their town is “dying” after it was announced that one of its two banks is closing.

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A “law-abiding citizen” who was unaware of laws against carrying a knife has avoided immediate jail after being found with a blade for self protection.

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A town’s memorial gardens have been given a make over thanks to community engagement between the police and the local council.

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As it celebrate its 20th anniversary, a family-run business which offers hearing care services from 25 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan.

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From manufacturing for NASA to advising Google – Norfolk companies are doing some spectacular things.

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A tradesman is refusing to remove scaffolding from a newly-redeveloped city centre apartment block in a dispute over pay.

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Shop local, win £250

Monday, July 9, 2018

People who shop with their local retailers or support a district-based community group by participating in a local community lottery could win £250 to spend in their favourite local independent shops across Breckland.

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Two homes in same street burgled

Friday, July 6, 2018

Two homes in the same street in Watton were burgled on the same night.

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Watton will hold its first open gardens and yard sale event this weekend.

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A church says it has lost hundreds of pounds to an estate agent who has gone to ground owing landlords thousands.

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It opened under a blaze of publicity, but a branch of the family electricals firm Adcocks is closing in Dereham.

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All eyes are on Windsor tomorrow, as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle.

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A running club is staging a special 3.7-mile run in honour of a competitior who died in the London Marathon.

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The mystery of who killed a Norfolk schoolgirl close to her home remains unsolved after a nationwide appeal to coincide with the 25th anniversary of her death drew a blank.

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The Beast from the East is still causing havoc on public transport networks across the region.

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Abel Homes has stepped in to help a village primary school to replant 200 willow saplings after the original trees were uprooted by vandals just days after being planted by pupils.

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Children at a village primary school were devastated when the trees they had planted in the back field of their school had been completely destroyed in an act of vandalism – but a Norfolk house builder has now stepped in to give a helping hand.

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