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Downham In the News – July 2012

Lots of things happening in the Downham Market area this July, be sure to click the title links if you are interested in reading the entire news story –

DOWNHAM: We’ve won again!
SHRIEKS of delight were heard at London’s Dorchester Hotel as a Downham support group received a prestigious national award for the second year running.

Motorist Crossing Accident News
A motorist was killed when his car collided with a passenger train at a level crossing close to the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire border.

Other Relevant News stories in relation to this:
Pledge on rural crossing closures as it emerges that fatal crash at Ten Mile Bank, near Downham Market, was third on same crossing
Network Rail last night pledged to close hundreds of rural level crossings to make our railways safer, as investigations continued into the death of a man whose car was hit by a train on one.

Man killed in train crash near Downham Market named The man killed at the level crossing near Downham Market last week has been named.

64-year-old Rodney Wheeler died on Thursday (12th July) when a train from King s Lynn hit his car.

It s believed Mr Wheeler s death was a tragic accident.

Downham Market Health Centre inquiry: Ex health trust chief to leave

A former CEO is to leave a Norfolk health trust after an inquiry into a Norfolk GP centre found a patient died following delays in treating her.

A review was called into Downham Market Health Centre last year, which found four serious incidents at the practice.

More Bennett’s bungalows at Downham Market

AWARD-WINNING Bennett Homes is responding to market demand with the launch of ten further bungalows at its popular Hayfields development at Downham.

The range of two and three-bedroomed bungalows, all with garages, offer ideal homes for independent retirees looking for contemporary features and in a location with amenities on the doorstep.

DOWNHAM MARKET: Ofsted verdict ‘harsh but fair’ says head
DOWNHAM High School has been put in special measures by Ofsted.

Achievement, teaching, leadership and pupil behaviour have been graded inadequate at the school, which has more than 1,500 pupils.

Headteacher Jon Ford, who has been in post for a year, was praised for introducing changes but there had not been sufficient time to bring about the scale of improvement needed, said the report.
Community order for Downham Market dangerous dog owner
A DOG owner who fought with police called to the scene after her pet bit a woman and her dog has been given a community order.

Kelly Bywater’s Staffordshire bull terrier attacked a King Charles spaniel and its owner Zara Brock during a walk in Clackclose Road, Downham, on March 20, Lynn magistrates heard on Tuesday.

Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, said the terrier had run up to the spaniel and set upon it…

West Norfolk’s chance to learn how to prepare for the next deluge

THE Environment Agency, which issued precautionary flood alerts for five West Norfolk rivers before torrential rain fell on Friday, is bringing its special Floodline Trailer to Downham this week.

Staff from the agency will be on hand at the Market Place in Downham on Friday to answer questions about local flood risk and to talk about the steps that individuals and communities can take to prepare themselves for flooding.

The Floodline Trailer will be part of a community event, also being attended by West Norfolk Council and Norfolk police, with the intention of raising awareness of issues that local people face.

Norfolk Police are coping well despite needing to save £27 million

By 2015 Norfolk Police have to cut 160 police officers, 20 PCSOs and 200 police staff.

They have a £27 million savings gap to fill and are having to find new ways to keep up policing in Norfolk.

Disabled accommodation at the College of West Anglia could be saved

Back in April the College of West Anglia proposed to close the accommodation section of Plaxtole House to save £1.6 million.

The consultation period for the talks between Freebridge Housing and the College of West Anglia closed last week.

Picture Gallery and Video: Olympic torch in King’s Lynn
Thousands of people lined the streets of King’s Lynn to welcome the Olympic Torch as it arrived in Norfolk from Lincolnshire today.

Downham Market students are given career ideas

CRIMINAL psychology and nursing were some of the jobs promoted to teenagers in a careers day.

Sixth formers at Downham College were given advice on whether to attend a university or join the world of work in a post-18 day held earlier this month.



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