Eastern Daily Press
News, sport, entertainment and community information for Norfolk, north Suffolk and north-east Cambridgeshire from the Eastern Daily Press.
The battle to save a much-loved village hall on the outskirts of Norwich has been won after controversial plans to demolish the site were unanimously refused.
Row erupts over 'awful proposal' to demolish historic village hall
A row has erupted over a tiny village hall in Arminghall which could be demolished to make way for a bungalow.
'Like the wild west!': 2am Lotus shift changes driving neighbours around the bend
Roaring engines are the attraction for many Lotus customers but some of the company's neighbours have been upset by the 'wild west' created by the sports car firm's staff.
£160m boost for 'world leading' Norwich Research Park
The Earlham Institute, John Innes Centre and Quadrum Institute has secured £163.9m over five years, which is more than 40% of a wider investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
£270,000 windfall for tyre mountain owner who still hasn't cleared eyesore site
Roger Gawn estimates he will be paid around £120,000 for the used rubber on the site near Fakenham, because the war in Ukraine has pushed up the global prices of oil and oil-derived products. Before the price hikes, it would have cost him £150,000 to have it taken away. The …
Roast dinner at the Duck Inn lives up to the hype
Locals have fallen in love with the food at the Duck Inn at Stanhoe, and critics' praise has followed.
John Lydon excited to play in Norfolk - the county where he grew up
Danielle Lett chats to the founding father of punk about his love of Norfolk, going back on tour, and dabbling in NFTs
Fine dining with a view - Norfolk's Edge elevates the seaside picnic
We visited Norfolk’s Edge with two friends in tow, having promised them a whistle-stop tour of the county’s delights.
More than a quarter of uni students still learning remotely
A quarter of university students did not receive any face-to-face teaching in the first week of March, figures have shown.
Four in five police officers accused of domestic abuse keep their jobs
Since January 2018, 22 Norfolk police officers and five civilian staff have been reported to the police, accused of domestic abuse offences. Three of the 27 were disciplined, three were removed from their post and one was convicted of a crime. However 21 individuals reported to the police for alleged …
The Russian oligarchs who have donated £50,000 to a Norfolk MP
It costs money to run a political party - to employ staff and print brochures and create adverts and do polling - and in the UK most funding comes from donations. In the six week run-up to the 2019 General Election for example, the Conservatives received £19.4m, including £13m from …
Nearly £800k recovered from furlough fraudsters in Suffolk and Norfolk
Tax inspectors have already recovered almost £800,000 in furlough money across Norfolk and Suffolk since the outbreak of the pandemic – but have not prosecuted anyone for fraud. In response to a Freedom of Information Request by this newspaper, HMRC revealed it has so far settled 182 compliance cases with …
Michelin nod gives Sculthorpe Mill buzz - and it doesn't disappoint
There’s nothing like a badge of honour from food guide giant Michelin to create a buzz around a restaurant.
Hemp the star of the show at Carrow Road as England are held by Spain
Norfolk’s Lauren Hemp said she couldn’t ask for more from her local fans after coming on as a substitute as England were held to a 0-0 draw against Spain in the Arnold Clark Cup.
Hopes high for homegrown hero Hemp as Lionesses head to Carrow Road.
England’s women will be hoping Norfolk superstar Lauren Hemp will be their lucky talisman when they head to Carrow Road on Sunday looking for their first win at the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup.
Were people still wearing masks in Norwich today despite rule change?
Shoppers out in force wearing masks in Norwich city centre on the first day it became mandatory for shoppers to wear face coverings in shops.
Devastated family wrongly told prisoner hanged himself weeks before release
The family of James Turner were told he had killed himself in prison two weeks before his release following a pathologist's "mix up" - Credit: Adam Turner The "sloppy mistakes" of a pathologist left a prisoner's family wrongly believing he had killed himself or been murdered just weeks before his …
Ed Miliband is right: it’s people and not politicians who change the world
He said he had stayed in politics because he still felt he had more to say - even after losing the 2015 General Election - Credit: Jenny Smith Photography Remember Ed Miliband? The slightly awkward London socialist who, if things had gone slightly differently six years ago, could have been …
Council privately plans to sell golf club it spent £10m on for just £2m
Questions are being asked after it emerged a council faces losing millions on a golf club it spent £10m on but is selling for just £2m. Breckland Council bought Barnham Broom Golf and Country Club in a controversial deal in 2006 for £7m. It then spent another £1.2m on taxes …
Photo shows hospital beds squeezed next to each other with no privacy
Patients are being robbed of their privacy after a hospital took the drastic step to remove curtains between beds so more could be squeezed into wards. As reported on Wednesday, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has moved seven beds into rooms designed for six to make room for more …
How to help the hospitality industry reeling from Omicron impact
Pub and restaurant bosses hit by a wave of cancellations prompted by the threat of Omicron have urged the public to help them get through a difficult Christmas.
Magician who 'disappeared' with customers' cash says he 'ran out of money'
Ipswich magician and entertainer Robbie James, also known as Evan Boothby, won entertainer of the year last year - Credit: Archant A magician accused of disappearing with his customers' cash has moved to Manchester — claiming he "ran out of money" and was forced to close his business. Entertainer Robbie …
Law student takes landlord to court over terrible state of room - and wins
A law student is celebrating his first ever legal victory and the return of £1,000 after taking his landlord to court. Jack Simm successfully sued the company behind Velocity Student on St Mildreds Road, West Earlham, for breach of contract following a string of problems with the accommodation. Complaints about …
We won't send children to troubled school yet, says council, despite praise
Mark Leggett pictured with his son Zachary, who has autism and other related disabilities - Credit: Mark Leggett Autistic children will not be sent to a troubled school until it does more to clean up its act — despite inspectors praising it. Suffolk County Council suspended new placements at Acorn …
Man who founded Norwich vet hospital retiring after 33 years
Roger Bannock can't wait to put his feet up, but also spend as much time as possible working his gun dogs - Credit: Roger Bannock A vet who has been at the helm of one of Norwich's only veterinary hospitals for the last 33 years says it's time for him …
From bubbly to pigs in blankets - will shortages impact Christmas dinner?
Be flexible, buy local and prepare for a scaled-back affair - that's the message from food producers gearing up for Christmas.
'I've never been poorer - or happier': Woman quits property job to walk dogs
Rachael Bartholomew left behind a high flying career to take on a new business grooming and walking dogs with Loving Your Paws. Joined by fellow dog walker Lindsey Wakefield. - Credit: Sonya Duncan A pet-lover has ditched her high-flying career in property to start her own dog grooming and walking …
Man guilty of causing ex 'severe psychological harm' avoids jail
A man guilty of coercively controlling his ex-girlfriend managed to escape a jail sentence after his new partner, heavily pregnant with his IVF twins, pleaded with the judge to spare him. Joe Jno-Baptiste, 37, of Catkin Close, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Monday, November 22, for sentencing after …
'We do 13 hour shifts without a break': Midwives protest over mass burnout
Members of the public at the March with Midwifes vigil outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden Hundreds of exasperated midwives, mothers, doulas and allies held a vigil in Norwich over what they claim is a maternity crisis of "critical" proportions. March with Midwives vigils …
Activists take to streets as 375 trans people murdered this year
Dozens of protesters gathered at city hall to issue a powerful message: that trans rights are human rights - Credit: Michelle Savage "There is an epidemic of violence and discrimination against trans people at the moment — and every single one of us is affected." This was the message from …