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The chief executive of a Norfolk academy chain at the centre of allegations about school inspection tip-offs has broken her silence in a letter to staff that strongly denies the claims.

Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Allegations that an academy chain in charge of a raft of Norfolk schools had prior knowledge of inspections should be re-investigated amid any new evidence, education secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

Norfolk's chief fire officer has warned if he has to make substantial cuts it would put firefighter jobs and engines at risk.

Firefighter jobs and fire engines could be at risk if “substantial cuts” are forced on Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in the years ahead, the county’s chief fire officer has warned.

Planting of blackberry bushes at Brandon allotments  thanks to councillors cash. Pictured is Cllr Tony Simmons.

Community groups are being urged to come forward and claim some cash after it was revealed councillors have more than £45,000 ready to dish out.

Jason Smith Big Learner Relay: Submitted

A Thetford driving instructor is taking part in the ‘Big Learner Relay’ raising awareness and money for Children in Need.

Jane Varanand and her  team of volunteers weed the pathways in Thetford town centre.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Norfolk County Council has withheld payment from a contractor after a bodged attempt to rid a high street of weeds which forced volunteers to step in.

Sue Wicks, on the right, was one of five worthy volunteers to receive a long service award. With Natalie Spurdens, senior co-ordinator.  Submitted picture.

Supporters and friends of Home-Start Breckland and South Norfolk have been celebrating the achievements of its volunteers.

Thetford and Brandon sport

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Thetford went away to the windy ground of Southwold for this week’s clash which the home side kicked off to the Thetford pack.

Thetford AC members at the Ryston Cross Country Series event.

Thetford athletes turned out in force for the first round of the annual Ryston Cross Country Series which follows a forest course close to the village of Shouldham Thorpe near Downham Market.

Norwich City's Cameron King and striker Carlton Morris caught the eye of Neil Adams in the recent development league win over Tottenham's U21s. Photo: Bill Smith

Young Norwich City star Cameron King is hoping his man-of-the-match performance for the club’s Under-21s will have caught the eye of the man who matters most – manager Neil Adams.

Ross King is congratulated by his team mates having just scored the equaliser for Kirkley & Pakefield in a 3-3 draw at Hadleight United. Picture: Steve Wood

League leaders Norwich United will look to start strengthening their position at the top of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division table this afternoon.

Norwich United boss Damian Hilton. Picture: Bill Smith

In-form Norwich United will go top of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division tonight, if they can get at least a point at home against Norfolk rivals Thetford Town.

Norfolk Entertainment

Coastline exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal: a painting of Brancaster by Martin Laurance.

The power and beauty of the region’s coastline is being celebrated in a new exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Mo Teeuw at Paint Out Norwich at the market. Photo: Bill Smith

Our fine city is full of artists creating beautiful paintings inspired by seven of Norwich’s landmarks.

Yarmouth's Hippodrome Circus, Halloween show.

Spooky stunts and ghostly acrobatics are set to dazzle at Great Yarmouth’s historic Hippodrome as it hosts its first ever Halloween show.

Artistes and supporters gather to launch the 2014 Hostry Festival with Stash Kirkbride, front right. Photo: Bill Smith

It’s festival time once again as the curtain goes up on Norfolk’s annual autumn arts extravaganza.

In a Vulnerable Place by Steve Waters.

Playwright and UEA creative writing lecturer Steve Waters is tackling the subject of climate change in his new play debuting at Norwich Arts Centre this week.

Norfolk sport

Fakenham goalkeeper Tommy Rix was in the thick of the penalty action against Kirkley & Pakefield. Picture: Tony Miles

Kirkley & Pakefield have won 12-11 in a penalty shootout at Fakenham Town this evening.

Ben Pointer holds his 27lbs 9oz catch from Billingford Lakes

The scenes on the banks of the River Thurne on Saturday were perhaps reminiscent of Billingsgate fish market during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Sarah catches the last Wye barbel of another happy year.

Just last night I left the River Wye for probably the last time in 2014.

Lynn's George Thomson strokes home his first penalty of the night. Picture: Ian Burt

George Thomson netted a magnificent hat-trick as King’s Lynn Town reminded the rest of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division of their title credentials with a convincing victory over Ilkeston at The Walks.

Harleston Magpies slipped five points behind the top two in the East Conference after suffering a surprise defeat at Bedford on Saturday.

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