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Yesterday, 11:24

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.

Residents of Watton protest against the new houses being built on Saham Road, during an exhibition of the plans. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Plans to build homes in Watton have been met with opposition.

A crash blocked the A1075 at Ovington.

Emergency services were called to a crash which blocked a Norfolk road.

Principle at Iceni Acamdemy, gee cook with pupils after their OfStED improvements. 
L-r Rosie Soltani, Sarah Cusack, John Pearce, Jack Sutterby.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

The principal of an academy that was placed in special measures two years ago has insisted it is working hard after Ofsted inspectors found it still needs to improve.

Dr Wendy Thomson, managing director of Norfolk County Council. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Councillors have given their strongest indication yet that they are not prepared to increase council tax in Norfolk after throwing out a suggestion that bills should rise by 1.99pc next year.

Colin Lang, Nelson's Journey chief executive.
Picture: Denise Bradley

One of Norfolk’s biggest charities, dedicated to supporting bereaved children, needs a major expansion to meet “unprecedented” demand for its services.

Police are concerned for the safety of Paul Hanner who was last seen in Watton.

A 40-year-old man who had been reported missing from Watton has been found.

Watton and Swaffham sport

Yesterday, 06:30

Swaffham finally discovered their form in a cup competition as they beat Hempnall 2-1 in a physical Norfolk Senior Cup clash.

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.

Great Yarmouth Town claimed local bragging rights as they advanced to the fourth round of the Norfolk Senior Cup tanks to a 2-1 victory over Acle.

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.

Watton United FC would like to thank former player Richard Spilman of Richard Spilman Building Contractors, pictured with the team, for the sponsorship of the new first-team kit and tracksuits for the next two seasons.

Watton United progressed to the third round of CS Morley Cup after a 2-1 win against UEA Reserves.

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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