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Yesterday, 22:30

Fire and rescue services across the region were called out a number of times tonight, with a 999 service continuing to operate as four days of strike action got underway.

Villagers, parish councillors and the North Pickenham Community Project LTD members outside the old Blue Lion pub in the village which they want to buy after it's closure.
 Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A determined band of villagers who want to reopen their rural pub as a community centre need to raise quarter of a million pounds in their quest to buy the venue.

Southwold beach on another warm sunny day in October.
Iona (left) and Isobel Jenkins enjoying the beach.

It has felt more like the height of summer than the end of October today, as unseasonably high temperatures smashed the record for the warmest Halloween in Britain.

The family of Hanna Bowman have paid tribute to her after she died in a crash at Weeting.

A “bubbly and vivacious” woman died after her car crashed into a tree, an inquest has heard.

Police investigate the fatal road accident near Scoulton where one person died.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A campaigner has launched a fresh appeal to reduce speed limits along a dangerous stretch of road after a man died when his car plunged into a ditch.

The Watton Town sign. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Watton could be set for another 200 homes after a housing developer contacted Breckland Council to discuss a potential site.

Police investigate the road accident near Scoulton. Picture: Simon Finlay

Police are appealing for information after a man died when his car went into a ditch in Scoulton.

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Watton and Swaffham Sport

Yesterday, 17:30

Rugby and youth-team football are the key topics as the West Norfolk Sports Podcast returns after a two-week absence.

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Swaffham’s players have held a clear-the-air meeting to help turn their troubled club’s fortunes around.

Watton United gave a spectacular performance, displaying their best form of the season with an 8-0 victory over Sprowston Athletic Reserves in Division Four of the Anglian Combination.

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 3-0 defeat to Long Stratton Reserves in the Norfolk Junior Cup, with Isaac Linford pictured on the attack for Swaffham. Picture: Eddie Deane

Swaffham Town first team and reserves both went down to disappointing 3-0 defeats last weekend.

Thetford v Whitton Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Norwich United are flying the Norfolk flag as they continue their charge at the summit of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Watton and Swaffham Events

Nigel Barnett at Fransham Forge. Picture: Matthew Usher

Artists’ studios and community exhibition spaces in the district will be throwing open their doors to visitors for a week as they take part in the annual Breckland Art Trail.

The filming of The Goob at Necton Diner. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk has once again been cast into the film world’s spotlight, as a new movie set in the county has just scooped an award.

There maybe a chill in the air but autumn is among the best times to explore our great woods and beautiful forests as they become a glorious patchwork of colour. SIMON PARKIN highlights some of the best to visit and events to get the best of nature in autumn.

Shock ! Hazard. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An up and coming Dereham band is hoping to sell out their home town’s Hollywood Cinema on Friday night for a one-off showing of their tour documentary film.

Norfolk Entertainment

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The Intruders, BBC2, Monday, 9pm:

Goerdie comic Chris Ramsey returns to Norwich

Geordie funnyman Chris Ramsey relives his infamous TV moment, acclaimed blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor plus in, North Walsham stages its No/Where Cabaret, there is a celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, a family fairytale show and five masters of magic baffle King’s Lynn. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

Forfty Years On - the Alan Bennett play being staged by Sheringham Players. John Standish as the head, and Tim Travers as Mr Franklin.

It was after meeting playwright Alan Bennett in 2012 at Gresham’s School, Holt, that Bernice Escott and Moya Leighton decided that they would like to see a production of Bennett’s first play Forty Years 
On.

Paul Flannery as Treguard in Knightmare Live.

A tolling bell, a thumping heartbeat, an empty knapsack. For people of a certain generation that means only one thing: Knightmare.

Timothy Spall arriving at the BFI London film festival gala of  Mr. Turner at Odeon West End in Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 10, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Turner. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

On his death bed, celebrated landscape painter and watercolourist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was a divisive figure in the 19th-century art world, reportedly lamented, “So I am to become a non-entity.”

Norfolk Sport

Luke Gray, a midfielder for Fakenham Town Under-18s. Picture: TONY MILES

Rugby and youth-team football are the key topics as the West Norfolk Sports Podcast returns after a two-week absence.

rugby

Swaffham’s players have held a clear-the-air meeting to help turn their troubled club’s fortunes around.

Dereham Town striker Luke Tuttle could be sidelined for up to two months. Picture: NEIL SMITH

Dereham Town boss Matt Henman believes his players’ FA Cup exploits can help them pull off a Trophy upset on Saturday.

Tristan Cliffe, left, faces the camera.

Snetterton’s only night race of the season takes place on Saturday when the Lotus Cup UK Championship will be settled in a two-hour night-time event.

Matthew Baker (Great Yarmouth CC), from Norwich, pictured on his way to his first win in the Youth Race at the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League meeting at Mistley. Picture: Fergus Muir

Matt Baker (Great Yarmouth CC) scored his first Eastern Cyclo-Cross League win after an exciting race at Mistley in which five different riders held the lead at various stages of the race.

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