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Your Town | Watton

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.

Gold and silver jewellery was stolen from a home during a burglary in broad daylight.

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Artwork by an 84-year-old care home resident who suffers from Parkinson’s is being publicly exhibited for the very first time.

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Four people in their 20s have been arrested in relation to attacks on police officers and emergency workers.

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A woman has been arrested after prison officers intercepted a package thought to contain drugs.

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A teenager was “touched inappropriately” by one of three men who approached her on bicycles.

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A town’s “vital roads” are set to reopen after complaints from business owners.

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Firefighters were on alert to deal with a house blaze in a mid Norfolk town.

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Updated Vulnerable missing man found safe and well

Thursday, July 30, 2020

A vulnerable man who was reported missing has been found safe.

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Updated Crash at busy crossroads causes delays

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A collision at a town’s busy crossroads is causing delays for drivers travelling in multiple directions.

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A former speaker of the House of Lords conquered a half marathon near her Norfolk home to raise funds for a charity’s COVID-19 appeal.

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Two households on the same estate have been slapped with fines totalling £1200 for repeated flytipping offences.

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Families have lodged complaints with a council after a neighbouring builders merchants put up 5.5 metre high racking to hold timber outside of their homes.

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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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Business owners say they are angry and frustrated after the closure of “vital roads” on its high street, calling it “another blow”.

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A town council’s offices and museum has closed for deep cleaning amidst concerns a member of staff as been in contact with a coronavirus patient.

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A business owner has praised the resilience of a town high street after a fire ripped through a restaurant.

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Caroline Flack spoke of her fond memories of growing up in Norfolk in her 2015 Autobiography. ABIGAIL NICHOLSON reports...

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A son is appealing for people to give a final salute to his war veteran father, amid concerns there will not be many mourners at his funeral.

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A town’s high street has reopened after a fire gutted a building.

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A business owner who lost his life’s work in a building fire says he has been overwhelmed with community spirit.

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Beijing Diner, a Chinese restaurant on Watton High Street, went up in flames at on Thursday, February 6 after a fire reportedly broke out in the kitchen.

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A drone pilot has captured dramatic images of a high street building being ravaged by fire.

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A road is still closed and fire crews remain on the scene in Watton this morning after a blaze which gutted several retail units.

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A business owner has told how he has lost his life’s work after a fire gutted his building.

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Video WATCH: Man caught on CCTV stealing from cars

Monday, February 3, 2020

A quiet neighbourhood has been left shaken after footage captured a man stealing from cars and attempting to get into more.

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Flats which developers said would appeal to eastern European workers have been approved despite objections from the town council.

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Ultra-fast broadband is coming to nine Norfolk towns following a trial by BT Openreach.

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The family of a man who was punched in the face while walking his dog have warned other pet owners to be wary of attackers.

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A high street with a number of empty units is set to see one come back to life after plans were approved to create a tapas restaurant.

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Wayland is the perfect destination for families to visit, a commerce group has claimed, as plans are announced for an advertising campaign to show off the area.

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