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Richard Barrington
Richard Barrington was found lying in the road on New Year's Day

Richard Barrington, 17, died after a street fight in Brundall, Norfolk, on New Year's Day. A murder inquiry into his death was dropped because of a lack of evidence.

An 83-year-old former army officer is shot dead on the doorstep of his home in Furneux Pelham, Herts. Robert Workman's killer has still not been found.

Scientists' hopes fade of receiving a signal from the Beagle 2 spacecraft telling them it has landed safely on Mars. The probe was developed by a team at the Open University in Milton Keynes.


Former Judas Priest rock star, David Holland, 55, of Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, is jailed for eight years for the attempted rape of a teenager with special needs.

A group of 12 plane-spotters, acquitted of spying charges in Greece, secure the return of their bail money. Paul and Lesley Coppin, of Mildenhall, Suffolk, had organised the trip.

Michael Carroll
Carroll, draped in gold jewellery for a court appearance in March

A man who won nearly £10m on the National Lottery escaped jail after admitting drugs offences. Michael Carroll was ordered to complete a 12-month drug testing and treatment order.

A senior social worker accused of raping a teenager at a children's home in Northamptonshire was cleared. Graham Leatherland, 41, of Milton Keynes, said the law should give anonymity to those accused of sex offences.

Hanging baskets will continue to feature in summer floral displays in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, after the council threatened a ban over concerns the baskets could fall from lampposts and injure the public.


Debra Carne
Debra Carne's burned body was left in a lay-by
Two women were jailed for life for their part in the murder of a teenage girl who was doused in petrol and set alight. Kerry Bauer, 21, and Emma Last, 19, both of Braintree, Essex, murdered Debra Carne, 17, after a row over a boyfriend.

Three "gangmasters", from Ely, Cambridgeshire, were jailed for money-laundering. King's Lynn Crown Court heard the scam generated more than £4m in 33 months.


Maxine Carr, the ex-fiancée of Soham killer Ian Huntley, was released on parole after serving half of her sentence. Carr, 27, was jailed for conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Norwich City fans celebrate
Thousands watched as Norwich City lifted the trophy
An art collector successfully sued auction house Christie's over the authenticity of two antique vases. Taylor Thomson, 41, bought the urns for £1.9m as part of a sale from the Marquess of Cholmondeley's residence at Houghton Hall, Norfolk.

An estimated 35,000 fans spilled out on to the streets of Norwich to watch the city's football team collect the Nationwide League winner's trophy. The event celebrated the club's title triumph and return to the Premier league.


Sir Michael Bichard made a raft of suggestions to improve practices and reassure the public in the wake of the murders of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

An Essex woman held on drugs charges in the Dominican Republic was cleared in court. Marianne Telfer, 28, of Colchester, was arrested after her boyfriend died trying to smuggle cocaine.

Marianne Telfer
Miss Telfer was greeted at the airport by her brother and sister
A 15-year-old girl lost her High Court battle to wear a style of Islamic dress to school. Shabina Begum has been out of her Luton school since September 2002 in a row over her wish to wear a jilbab gown.


Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA double-helix, died aged 88. Professor Crick won the Nobel Prize for his work on DNA's structure, which he published in 1953 with James Watson at the University of Cambridge.

Lorry driver William Ishani, 48, of Swindon, who was involved in an accident in which the Khambaty family of four from Northampton died, was cleared of four counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He was fined £1,000 and banned for a year for careless driving.

Wind turbine
The turbines will save the emission of 75,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year
The first turbines at one of Britain's biggest offshore wind farms started producing power. The 30 turbines at Scroby Sands in Great Yarmouth are expected to produce enough power for about 41,000 homes.

The Women's Institute in Saffron Walden has been banned from making cakes for hospital patients due to health fears. Uttlesford Primary Care Trust said it could no longer accept the cakes after taking medical advice.


Bedford athlete Paula Radcliffe dropped out of the 10,000m Olympic race in Athens just days after pulling out of the marathon because of exhaustion.

A Cambridge water company became the first in the country to supply bottles of water to its customers in case of a terrorist attack.

Paula Radcliffe after dropping out of the Olympic 10,000 metres
The race got the highest Olympic UK TV audience so far
Two young sisters from Yorkshire were left alone in Stansted Airport car park while members of their family tried to catch a holiday flight.


A couple were reunited with their lurcher dog, Rosie, who went missing from their home in Creeting St Mary, Suffolk, in 1997.

Thousands of animal lovers from across the country inundated the RSPCA with offers to provide homes for 180 Labrador dogs after a Norfolk breeder found she could not care for them all.


Assistant curate John Buchanan
The church hopes to raise £90,000 for the organ restoration fund
The head of Formula One said Silverstone would definitely not be included in the 2005 racing calendar.

Jeremy Bamber - serving life for murdering five members of his family in their Essex home - was blocked from claiming £326,000 for being "unfairly frozen out" of his family's wealthy caravan site firm.

Norwich City Council apologises for ordering the wrong coloured street signs. The Department of Transport told the council a parking ban could not be enforced because they ordered yellow signs instead of regulation white.

Assistant curate John Buchanan, of Holy Trinity Church, Barsham, Suffolk, was "defrocked" to raise £90,000 for the organ restoration fund.


Kay Groom lying in her coffin
Ms Groom finds the coffin claustrophobic when the lid is down
UK insurer Norwich Union announced plans to move 950 jobs to India and Sri Lanka over the coming year.

Kay Groom, 42, who wants to be prepared for her death, keeps a £200 coffin in a bedroom at her home in Swaffham, Norfolk, to lie in from time-to-time.

Travellers at a site in Cambridgeshire won the right to take High Court action over council plans to evict them from land at Smithy Fen in Cottenham.

The veteran BBC broadcaster John Peel died at the age of 65, while on holiday in Peru.


Father Christmas was sacked for having the "wrong attitude" after a disagreement at the John Lewis department store in Norwich.

Lloyd Scott
Lloyd Scott wore tweeds and a deerstalker hat on his ride
British fund-raiser Lloyd Scott, from Rainham, Essex, completed a 50-day ride across Australia on a penny farthing cycle to raise money for child leukaemia sufferers.

Nigel Willgrass - the husband of a mother of four from Norwich, Norfolk, swept to her death when the tsunami hit Thailand during a family holiday - described the horror of finding his wife's body in a mortuary.

Tribute to youth killed in fight
31 Dec 04 |  Norfolk
No Mars signal from Beagle probe
25 Dec 03 |  Science/Nature
Retired colonel shot dead
09 Jan 04 |  Beds/Bucks/Herts
Ex-drummer jailed for sex attacks
13 Feb 04 |  Northamptonshire
Town lifts hanging basket 'ban'
09 Mar 04 |  Suffolk
Social worker is cleared of rape
18 Mar 04 |  Beds/Bucks/Herts
Lotto winner escapes jail term
23 Mar 04 |  Norfolk
City's hero welcome for Canaries
10 May 04 |  Norfolk
Collector wins £1.9m urns case
19 May 04 |  Norfolk
Carr released from prison
14 May 04 |  UK
Court clears drug arrest Briton
09 Jun 04 |  Americas
Schoolgirl loses Muslim gown case
15 Jun 04 |  Education
Signs blunder halts parking ban
07 Oct 04 |  Norfolk
Tributes pour in for DNA pioneer
29 Jul 04 |  Science/Nature
Norwich Union moves jobs to Asia
22 Sep 04 |  Business
Curate is defrocked for calendar
08 Oct 04 |  Suffolk
Father of four's tsunami horror
03 Jan 05 |  Norfolk


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