After a Norwich man went to drastic measures to try and quell his rat problem, it appears he is not alone in being blighted by the rodents.
The life expectancy for men living in several parts of Norfolk is getting shorter – with Norwich seeing the steepest decline.
In the first of a series looking at the year gone by in several key areas, Dan Grimmer puts the focus on local government.
Social isolation can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and with 21,000 people in Norfolk over the age of 65 lonely all or most of the time, efforts are today being made to combat the problem.
A group which supports carers in Norfolk has called for more councils and organisations to consider a category for unpaid carers when putting together local community award schemes.
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