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Residents encouraged to come out and watch the Tour of Britain in …

Residents are being encouraged to line the roadsides as the Tour of Britain cycle race returns to the county after a three year absence on Saturday September 12. Starting with an event at Fakenham Racecourse, followed by a ride through Fakenham town centre before the race officially starts nearby, the race will finally finish in Ipswich some 141 miles away. Active Norfolk, Norfolk County Council and Adnams are working together to bring the Tour of Britain back to the region on Saturday September 12.

The return of the race to the county is also made possible by the support of Breckland Council, Broadland District Council, North Norfolk District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council. Paul Smyth, Chairman of Norfolk County Council s Communities Committee, said: The Tour of Britain is the UK s biggest free to watch live sporting event and it is great that the race is returning to Norfolk. The route crosses much of the county so there are plenty of opportunities for people to see top-class athletes at work.

Whilst we expect the race to draw huge crowds in Norwich, ours is the only East of England race stage and many communities along the course have planned events which should attract local support. This international event will boost Norfolk s profile and economy, and will hopefully encourage more people to experience the health and fitness benefits of cycling too. So let s give the riders a welcome to Norfolk they will remember.

Estimated times that the race will reach certain points along the route are outlined below. As the race progresses periods of time are given as arrival times will depend on rider speeds. Quickest time based on 46kmph speed, slowest at 38kmph.

Fakenham Racecourse 10am start. Neutral lap through Fakenham Hempton Road, Bridge Street, Holt Road. A1067 official race start on the A1067 near Guist, then through Guist at 10.15.

A1067 past Twyford at 10.21. A1067 through Foxley at 10.25. Onto Foxley Road through Bawdswell, using The Street at 10.29.

Onto B1145 Reepham Road all the way to Reepham between 10.36 and 10.40. Through Reepham using Church Hill, Norwich Road between 10.36 and 10.41, New Road, then Cawston Road between 10.38 and 10.43. B1145 to Cawston.

B1145 through Cawston between 10.45 and 10.52. B1145 into Aylsham using Penfold Street between 10.52 and 11, and Norwich Road between 10.53 and 11.01. A140 heading in the direction of Norwich.

Past Hevingham between 10.58 and 11.07. King of the Mountain stage on the A140 before Stratton Strawless between 10.58 and 11.08 and finishes after Stratton Strawless. Past Hainford between 11.02 and 11.13.

Past St Faiths between 11.05 and 11.16. Holt Road between 11.11 and 11.24, Cromer Road passing Norwich Airport. Aylsham Road between 11.13 and 11.26.

St Augustines (against the one way system) between 11.16 and 11.29. Pitt Street (against the one way system) between 11.16 and 11.30 St Crispins roundabout and along Barn Road. Grapes Hill between 11.17 amd 11.31.

At Chapelfield Roundabout the race turns down Cleveland Road, then along Gaol Hill between 11.18 and 11.33. Gentlemans Walk between 11.18 and 11.33. Rampant Horse Street and Theatre Street between 11.19 and 11.33.

Chapelfield Roundabout then down Earlham Road between 11.22 and 11.37. Watton Road between 11.25 and 11.40. Hethersett Lane (past NCFC training ground) between 11.26 and 11.42.

Norwich Road toward Hethersett. Through the village on Queens Road between 11.31 and 11.48, Great Melton Road, High Green, then out of the village on Melton Road Into Wymondham on Cock Street between 11.40 and 11.59. Town Green (against the one way system) between 11.40 and 12.00, then Market Street.

Fairland Street (against the one way system) between 11.41 and 12.00. London Road between 11.42 and 12.01. Sutton Lane, Wymondham Road, Chapel Road past Spooner Row between 11.47 and 12.07.

Bunwell Road and then Besthorpe Road into Attleborough between 11.55 and 12.17. Station Road between 11.57 and 12.19. Buckenham Road and Attleborough Road into Old Buckenham between 12.02 and 12.26.

Crown Road between 12.03 and 12.27. Past Quidenham between 12.10 and 12.36. Quidenham Road, Church Road, The Street past Bridgham and then past Brettenham.

Kilverstone Road toward Thetford. Norwich Road into Thetford between 12.32 and 13.03. Grove Lane between 12.34 and 13.05.

Melford Bridge Road, Castle Lane, Nuns Bridge Road, and out of Norfolk on the Bury Road between 12.37 and 13.09. Heading toward Elveden. To help ensure the race takes place safely the route will be closed to traffic just before the lead cyclist reaches that point.

Around 30 police motorbikes will be used to enforce a rolling road closure, which will be lifted once the last race support vehicle has passed. It is possible the roads will be closed for several minutes or up to 20minutes depending on how spread apart the cyclists are. The Grapes Hill / Chapelfield Rd Roundabout will be closed for a little longer as the event crosses this junction to enter and exit the city centre.

More time is also needed for the one way system to clear ahead of the competitors. It is hoped the overall closure duration will not last more than 20minutes. This will also be the case in Wymondham and Attleborough where the town centres will be closed for about 20minutes to allow the one way systems to clear.

Parking restrictions will also be in place in small sections of Reepham, Cawston, and on Earlham Road in Norwich.

For localised route maps and lists of events happening across Norfolk visit www.tourofbritainnorfolk.co.uk Motorists wanting to avoid the race are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the route and race timings and use alternative roads, where possible.

Police look for man in Clio over stolen eggs

15 May 2015 Officers investigating the theft of eggs from a Marsh Harrier’s nest in Guist are appealing for anyone who may have seen a man in a dark vehicle parked in the area to come forward. The theft is believed to have taken place on Sunday 10 May 2015 when unknown person/s stole the eggs from a nest located on the marsh off Bridge Road. However, new information has now revealed a black Renault Clio was seen in the area during the evenings the week prior to the theft.

A man described as aged in his mid-50s, with brown hair of slim to medium build and wearing a camouflage jacket was in the vehicle and appeared to be taking photographs with a long lens camera. The same vehicle is believed to have been seen parked next to Guist Bridge at around 9pm on the Friday (8 May 2015). Marsh Harriers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and officers would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen such a vehicle in the area or spotted any other suspicious behaviour.

Nature reserves are a prime target for egg thieves across the Eastern region and their wardens work closely with officers and the RSPB Investigations Section to report suspicious activity. The Eastern Daily Press has offered a reward of 1000 for information which leads to the conviction of the person responsible in this case. Notices are displayed in some of the nature reserves alerting the public to the possibility that egg thieves may be operating in the area.

Anyone with information about egg thefts should contact Norfolk Constabulary quoting ‘Operation Compass’ on 101.

Anyone with information relating to the recent theft should contact PC Jason Pegden at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Eggs stolen from Harrier’s nest

13 May 2015 Officers are appealing for information following the theft of a number of eggs from a Marsh Harrier’s nest in Guist. The theft is believed to have taken place on Sunday 10 May 2015 when unknown person/s stole the eggs from a nest located on the marsh off Bridge Road. Marsh Harriers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and officers would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area.

Officers continue to urge members of the public to report any unusual activity around the theft of wild bird eggs in the county during Spring and nesting season. The Constabulary continues to support Operation Compass, a highly-successful initiative to provide a prompt and effective response and subsequent prosecution of anyone engaged in egg thefts or disturbing nesting birds. Egg collecting is a big problem in the UK where there are approximately 300 individuals actively engaged in the unlawful taking of wild birds’ eggs.

Once taken, the eggs are blown using small drills, syringes or similar implements in order to empty their contents and then to display them in cabinets. Rare breeding birds are particularly sought after. Egg collectors are invariably male and will go to great lengths both to take eggs, often driving all around the county, and to avoid getting caught in the process.

The activities of such criminals can have serious consequences for the survival of some of our rarest bird species. When targeting species, thieves will often park away from a site and approach on foot or pedal cycle usually in the late evening or early morning. They may have been around all day locating a nest site so they can quickly approach and take the eggs.

They are creatures of habit and will favour certain dates for particular species and locations where they have been successful in the past. Nature reserves are a prime target for egg thieves across the Eastern region and their wardens work closely with officers and the RSPB Investigations Section to report suspicious activity. Notices are displayed in some of the nature reserves alerting the public to the possibility that egg thieves may be operating in the area.

Anyone with information about egg thefts should contact Norfolk Constabulary quoting ‘Operation Compass’ on 101.

Anyone with information relating to the recent theft should contact PC Jason Pegden at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.