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Norwich Crown Court

An Army captain’s military career is in the balance after she was jailed for nine months for killing a Norfolk hitchhiker moments after using her mobile phone, a court heard.

A train flashes past the new barriers at the level crossing on Bridge Street in Brandon. Photograph Simon Parker

Network Rail has apologised after it was revealed that engineers have been called to a level crossing 88 times in less than three years since a sensor system was fitted.

The fire was extinguished at 7.05pm by the three fire crews who attended.

A man in his 40s has been taken to hospital after a fire at a Thetford home.

Helen Ayers

A children’s hospice care assistant will be going above and beyond the call of duty for her work as she trains for a fitness fundraiser.

The  Center Parcs business in the UK has been sold.

Britain’s five Center Parcs resorts, including Elveden Forest in Suffolk, have been sold to a Canadian investment firm in a deal thought to be worth more than £2.4billion.

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Thetford Police Cadets

A group of young cadet officers have proven they have a natural talent for police work after they helped find a missing man.

Three bidders have been shortlisted to run the East Anglia rail franchise. Photo: Bill Smith

The train companies on the shortlist to run rail services in East Anglia have been announced today by the government.


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Thetford and Brandon Sport

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Thetford athletes again shone at county level as they out-performed rivals from some of Norfolk’s largest athletics clubs on the first day of the 2015 Norfolk County Track and Field Championships.


In Norfolk League Division One both Blundeston and Happisburgh remain unbeaten, writes Mike Ridout.

Sussex’s Tymal Mills bowling during day two of the LV County Championship match between Sussex and Worcestershire at the county ground in Hove. April 20, 2015. Picture: Sussex CCC

Fast bowler Tymal Mills may be forced to give up first-class cricket after reportedly being diagnosed with a congenital back condition.

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Sophie McKinna in action. Picture: Tony Payne

Sophie McKinna equalled her own county record on a day of outstanding performances at the Norfolk Athletics Championship at Lynnsport, in King’s Lynn.

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Despite the best efforts of Norwich City only six games were conceded this week – but several matches were shortened to accommodate the lunctime play-off so generally cricket was the winner, writes Mike Ridout.

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Thetford and Brandon Events

Franko Fraize who has been added to the Radio One playlist

Franko Fraize is hoping his set at the Radio 1 Big Weekend will open some doors after he went down a storm.

The junior tree top course at Go Ape! Thetford

There was a reversal of roles when Liz Nice and her sons ventured onto the Tree Top Junior Adventure course at Go Ape! Thetford, part of the High Lodge complex.

Suffolk Exhibitor, John O'Connor Sculptures. Pictured is John O'Connor.

Chelsea was damp today but exhibitors and visitors were undaunted. Lynne Mortimer and photographer Gregg Brown toured the famous flower show on day one.

Jess Benstead and Tom Cooke get to interview Orlando Weekes and Felix White of The Maccabees at Radio 1 Academy. Picture: Steve Hunt

Youngsters at the BBC Radio 1 Academy were given a glimpse of life as a journalist yesterday - and the surprise chance to interview one of the country’s biggest band.

Games developer Henry Hoffman being interviewed as part of the Radio 1 Academy workshops. Picture: Steve Hunt

BAFTA award winning games developer Henry Hoffman was among those appearing at Radio 1’s Academy at OPEN in Bank Plain in Norwich today as part of a week-long programme encouraging young people to get digital.


Norfolk Entertainment

Scenes from Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: SUBMITTED

Noises Off

Tony Chadwick is stepping down as the set designer and builder at the Sheringham Little Theatre.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A dedicated volunteer at a seaside theatre has hung up his tools for the final time after building a challenging set for his favourite farce.

Sprite Snap has been created by artist Bev Coraldean and sponsored by Coleman Opticians. Pictured are author Sheridan Winn, Coleman Opticians director Katie Fenn, artist Bev Gene Coraldean, and Coleman Opticians director Helen Hillis. Photo: Mark Benfield.

Being sponsored by an opticians, the GoGoDragon! Sprite Snap was always set to be quite a spectacle.

Gloria the Garden Dragon has been designed by Jo Cane and sponsored by Norwich-Over-the-Water Group.
Gloria was unveiled at St George’s Church, Colegate. Photo: Mark Benfield.

A bright and beautiful GoGoDragon! called Gloria will be making the area around St George Colegate her home this summer.

KLM is sponsoring the GoGoDragons! trail map competition in which dragon hunters could win two international flights to a destination of their choice within the KLM network. 
Pictured are members of the KLM team with Norwich International Airport's GoGoDragon! Wish You Were Here. Photo: Lee Blanchflower.

One lucky dragon hunter could win a pair of free international flights by spotting all the GoGoDragons! around the city.


Norfolk Sport


An opening stand of 140 between Ryan Twiddy (64) and Lewis Jeavons (63) put Snettisham in a decent position during their West Norfolk League Division One Cup clash, writes Kevin Fisher.


In Norfolk League Division One both Blundeston and Happisburgh remain unbeaten, writes Mike Ridout.

Gary Setchell is all smiles at today's news concerning where the Linnets will play next term. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

King’s Lynn Town have been given the green light to continue their preparations for next season.

Premier Division
Chris Harris will ride for King's Lynn this evening. Picture: IAN BURT

Depleted King’s Lynn have been forced into tracking three guests for tonight’s testing trip to champions Poole.

Dick Creasey is no longer the manager of the Fenmen. Picture: BILL SMITH

Wisbech Town have been stunned by Dick Creasey’s decision to quit as first-team boss – just weeks after commiting his future to the club, writes Gavin Caney.

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