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Tina Kiddell

Dramatic drone footage of a 600 tonne straw fire shows the ferocity and size of the blaze.

A 600-tonne straw fire which took 15 hours to finally die down has been described as “catastrophic” by the mayor of Watton.

Norfolk Police

A single mum of five said the pressure of paying for heating while she underwent treatment for cancer made her mental health “fall to pieces”.

Firefighters remained at the scene of a large straw stack fire which continued to burn more than 15 hours after the fire service arrived.

Drivers are being forced to pay a “stealth tax”, it has been claimed, after it was revealed car owners in Norwich paid £74 on average last year to park their cars.

Norwich City Council

Firefighters are at the scene of a large fire in Griston after a stack of straw bale caught alight.

Fire crews in Norfolk have been called to multiple fires in the open and a shed fire in a busy Saturday for firefighters.

Crime

Fri, 12:20
Norwich

A gang which committed more than 200 burglaries across the eastern region over an 11-month period, carried out almost 100 of the raids in Norfolk.

A major operation involving six government agencies and four police forces cracking down on illegal and unsafe activity on Norfolk’s roads has taken place.

Kris Barnard

A woman’s “idyllic” home was turned into a “part-dream, part-nightmare” after a crime gang had committed a burglary there, a court has heard.

Stephen Holt

Householders are being warned to be on alert for cold callers claiming to be police officers across Norfolk.

A Swaffham estate agent has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft, following an investigation by this newspaper.

Health

A single mum of five said the pressure of paying for heating while she underwent treatment for cancer made her mental health “fall to pieces”.

Norfolk residents are being urged to help prevent the spread of Norovirus as several cases of the virus have been seen in the county.

United Kingdom

A cash injection has been given to the region’s ambulance service as part of £1bn of funding announced by the government.

Matt Hancock

Around one in three children in Norfolk are doing fewer than 30 minutes of exercise a day, with even lower numbers doing the governmental guideline of one hour of activity a day.

University of East Anglia

A Norfolk MP has been left “angry and upset” by a conference call with inspectors overseeing the region’s mental health trust.

Education

Wed, 09:27
United Kingdom

A team of literary whizzes from Norfolk headed to London to battle it out in the finals of the national Kids’ Lit Quiz competition.

A school which featured in a television series and has educated pupils through two world wars is appealing for the public’s help to save it from collapse.

A former Ofsted inspector has been appointed to lead an academy trust with schools in East Anglia.

Nicholas Hamond Academy

Schools around Norfolk have been commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Royal British Legion

As part of our Books for Schools campaign we are on a mission to crown Norfolk’s favourite children’s book.

United Kingdom

Business

Thu, 17:25
United Kingdom

A popular Christmas song inspires finance columnist, Peter Sharkey, to look at what investment has been like in 2018.

Content has become one of those buzz-wordy sounding things that it is trendy to bash.

A Norfolk travel company has picked up a national travel award for the fifth year running.

Ad Feature Do you want to save more and work less?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Living for today doesn’t pay the bills, says Peter Sharkey – but you can make your money work for you.

Peter Sharkey

Ad Feature How to keep hold of more of your money

Friday, November 23, 2018

In this week’s financial column, Peter Sharkey explains why it’s so easy to spend too much on fees when you’re investing – and how to reduce these costs.

Peter Sharkey

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A 600-tonne straw fire which took 15 hours to finally die down has been described as “catastrophic” by the mayor of Watton.

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Norfolk Police
Sunday, October 30, 2016

A farmer who saw 1,200 tonnes of straw bales go up in smoke on his land believes he was targeted by arsonists.

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Watton
Yesterday, 18:49

Firefighters are at the scene of a large fire in Griston after a stack of straw bale caught alight.

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Firefighters remained at the scene of a large straw stack fire which continued to burn more than 15 hours after the fire service arrived.

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Fri, 12:20

A gang which committed more than 200 burglaries across the eastern region over an 11-month period, carried out almost 100 of the raids in Norfolk.

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Norwich

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