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How are tenants living in such squalid conditions in this Lowestoft home?

When trust breaks down between tenants and landlords the consequences can be devastating. On day two of our look into concerns over the poor state of some rented homes, we visit one block of flats in Lowestoft. A few metres from Lowestoft train station is a sky blue, three storey house. You would walk past 160 Denmark Road without taking a second look. But the inside raises questions about how those in hardship are housed using public money. The front door to the property has been broken for

Aylsham couple describe how pensions and savings were ruined by crooked financial advisors

When Arlene and Garry Todd opened their pension statement in 2015 they thought there was a typo. Their account had halved in value; £63,000 was gone. Two years of sleepless nights followed, while they waited to see if they would get their money back – and if the financial advisors who scammed them would be brought to justice. That day finally came on Tuesday when their financial advisors, brothers Alan and Russell Taylor pleaded guilty to fraud. The Todds, from Jannys Close, Aylsham, were on

Couple married for 48 years separated for five months as thousands in Norfolk wait for carers

More than 3,500 people needing help in Norfolk and Suffolk are waiting for care, including one couple who were separated for five months. In a sign of the challenge faced by the adult social care system, the number of people on a Norfolk County Council list needing held has quadrupled since 2012. In one case a couple married for 48 years was forced to live apart for more than five months because of a shortage of carers. When Sally Goleby, 69, was taken into an Aylsham care home in June last y

Two giant trenches and up to 11 years of construction work - what the world’s biggest offshore wind farms mean for Norfolk

Almost 11 years of construction work, the destruction of wildlife, billions of pounds of investment and the creation of hundreds of jobs - what is the impact on Norfolk of building the world’s biggest offshore wind farms? Three wind farms with enough energy to power more than four million homes – the equivalent of five Sizewell nuclear power stations – are planned off the Norfolk coast. They will be the biggest offshore wind farms in the world and need two trenches up to 60 kilometres long to

How dream of a £350 million tech campus for Norfolk now lies in tatters

On farmland at the old RAF Downham Market site a vision of the future was meant to take shape, employing 6,000 people and finding cures to deadly diseases. With claims of Chinese backers, interest from US corporations and a promise of data science jobs, the Centre for Advanced Knowledge Engineering (C-Fake) pledged much needed investment in Downham Market. It quickly gained support from councils and business leaders after being put forward in 2014. But according to those involved in the proje

4G or not 4G? Watch as our reporters go in search of mobile phone signal across Norfolk

You should be able to get 4G on your mobile phone outdoors almost everywhere in Norfolk, according to a map from regulator Ofcom. TOM BRISTOW and DOMINIC GILBERT put it to the test. The deadline is dawning for phone companies to improve signal coverage across the UK - and address one of the biggest causes of complaints we hear from readers. Our survey of 1,300 readers in October last year showed poor coverage had caused 86pc of people problems, with 40pc rating their coverage as one out of 10.

Victim of contaminated blood scandal Bob Brennan asks on his deathbed: ‘How did they get away with it?’

Ten days after the prime minister announced an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, one Norfolk victim speaks out from his hospital bed. The inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal has already hit a roadblock - just days after it was announced by the prime minister. Theresa May ordered a full inquiry last week into how contaminated blood products which infected thousands of people with Hepatitis C and HIV were given to patients in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The move was welcomed by c

Emails cast doubt over independence of Parker Review into how foster carers were mistreated by Norfolk County Council

A cache of emails sent between council chiefs about an investigation into how children were wrongly removed from foster carers in Norfolk has cast doubt over the investigation’s independence. The emails were published after a Freedom of Information request from North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb who said the dossier “completely confirmed” his fear that an inquiry into the historic treatment of foster carers in the county published last year, called the Parker Review – which was meant to be independen
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