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Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry dies

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry Credit: PA

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry has died at the age of 93.

He co-wrote a host of classic sitcoms including Dad's Army which was filmed in Thetford and Hi De Hi which was filmed in the seaside town Dovercourt in Essex.

Dad's Army ran from 1968 for 80 episodes over nine years while Hi-de-Hi ran for eight years.

Mr Perry's experiences as a Home Guard during World War Two and as a Butlin's holiday camp Redcoat influenced his writing.


Woman, 70, left with serious head injuries after A11 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious crash on the A11 at Attleborough Sunday 19 June.

The single-vehicle collision happened at about 8.35am at the junction with London Road when a black Audi A4 travelling towards Thetford left the roadside, crashing into the Stag roundabout.

A woman in her 70s, one of the passengers, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance for treatment where she remains in a serious but stable condition. The driver and two other passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident and fully re-opened at 1pm.

Man with the Midas touch: Vincent strikes gold after seven year search

Vincent with his find Credit: Geoff Robinson Photography

A gold panner from Norfolk has found Britain's biggest nugget off the Welsh coast.

Vincent Thurkettle discovered the lump of metal, which is the size of an egg, after spending seven years searching the water off Anglesey.

It's from a boat that sank more than 150 years ago. The discovery is believed to be worth up to £50,000.

Four men jailed after beaten man dumped in woods

Winiarski, Suchocki, Schmidla and Jasinski Credit: Norfolk Police

Four men from Thetford have been jailed for a total of 21 jears after they beat up a man and left him naked in the woods.

The victim was walking on Gloucester Road in February last year when he was dragged into a car and taken to Mundford where he was attacked.

The four men were sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

Mariusz Winiarski, aged 33 and of Guildford Way in Thetford, was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison.

Rafal Schmidla, aged 32 of Ely Way, Thetford was sentenced to a total of six years in prison.

Piotr Suchocki, aged 25 and of Ash Close, Thetford, was sentenced to a total of five years in prison

Daniel Jasinski, aged 27 and of Foxglove Road, Thetford, was sentenced to two years in prison.

Flytipping in Thetford Forest costing more than £100,000 a year

Flytipping is becoming an increasing problem according to The Forestry Commission. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Forestry Commission, which looks after Thetford Forest, is warning that flytipping is becoming an increasing problem.

Clearing rubbish in our region costs the organisation around £100,000 a year.

They say the money could be spent on projects to improve the area for visitors to enjoy.

According to the Commission, people have been known to dump everything from domestic waste to two lorry loads of cavity wall insulation.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer


James Bay to play Thetford Forest gig in the summer

James Bay is to play a gig in Thetford Forest as part of the Forestry Commission summer concert series.

James Bay is to play Thetford Forest in July.

He'll appear on Friday 1 July 2016 as part of the Forest Live even and tickets will go on sale on Friday 29 January.

James Bay has had a phenomenal year since winning the 2015 Critic’s Choice Brit Award. His debut album ‘Chaos And The Calm’ continues to ride high in the charts having been one of the best-selling UK albums of last year.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Cash from ticket sales is spent on protecting,improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands.

Wrapped presents among items stolen from family home

Wrapped presents were among the items stolen. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Norfolk Police are appealing for witnesses after wrapped christmas presents, jewellery and cash were stolen from a house in Thetford.

Burglars entered the property on Pound Lane in Shipdham sometime between last Thursday and last Sunday when the family were away.

They forced entry through the back door, ransacked the house and stole the items.

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