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Norfolk based bird charity launches £1.7 million fundraising campaign

A Norfolk-based bird charity has launched a £1.7 million fundraising campaign to buy the wildlife-rich land surrounding its existing nature reserve.

The Hawk and Owl Trust, at Sculthorpe near Fakenham, hopes to raise £850,000 to buy the fen by asking people to sponsor a parcel of land.

More money will be needed to manage the site and put in necessary infrastructure.

"The Moor has been managed by Hawk and OwlTrust since 2001, and is surrounded by a large area of rough farmland, fen and plantation. We have recently been lucky enough to be offered the chance to buy that land. If it is sold on the open market it would have devastating consequences for the existing reserve, in terms of land use, access issues and even our ability to manage our own reserve, as we can’t do that without coming across the neighbouring land.”

– Nigel Middleton, Reserve Manager

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Three arrested after police in Norfolk uncover cannabis factory

Police in Norfolk have arrested three men after a cannabis factory was uncovered in Fakenham.

Police in Norfolk have arrested three men after a cannabis factory was uncovered in Fakenham.

Officers seized around 200 plants and drugs paraphernalia from a house on Wells Road in the town on Thursday 14 May.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and have been bailed until 1 June pending further inquires.

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Norfolk Police appeal: Have you seen a missing European Eagle Owl?

Contact Fakenham Police on 101 if you have seen this owl. Credit: Norfolk Police

Members of the public are being urged to keep an eye out for an unusual bird which has gone missing from the Fakenham area.

The European Eagle Owl is believed to have been stolen from a back garden at a property in Tunn Street sometime between 3am and 8.45am this morning Friday 27 June 2014.

The owl, which is brown in colour and fully grown, has been with its owner for around a year.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who believes they may have seen the bird which, if set free, could have travelled a significant distance by now.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paul Scarborough at Fakenham Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Demolition work starts on fire ravaged Fakenham building

Demolition work has begun on an iconic department store in Norfolk that was ravaged by fire at the end of last month.

It had been hoped that the former Aldiss building in Fakenham market place could be saved but there's been too much heat and water damage.

It was on May 25th that fire tore through the historic row of buildings causing millions of pounds worth of damage.

It was one of the biggest blazes seen in Norfolk for years. Five families living nearby were made homeless. Ninety firefighters tackled the flames.

It's going to take four weeks to clear the site completely.

*Read more about the Fakenham Fire *

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