What was on the front of the Evening News this week five, 10, 15 and 20 years ago

Front pages of the Evening News from previous years.

Front pages of the Evening News from previous years. - Credit: Archant

We look back at what was happening in Norwich this week five, 10, 15 and 20 years ago through the front pages of the Evening News.

20 years ago

• Bosses at Nestle were today branded mean for not thinking enough of Norwich even to give the city its last Rolo.

The Evening News offered the multinational giant, owner of the doomed Nestle Rowntree chocolate factory, the chance to make a final goodwill gesture to the people of Norwich.

We asked it to give us a box of the last Rolos made in Norwich when the production lines cease at the end of the year. We planned to auction off the sweets through our paper to raise cash for good causes in the city.

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But, just like the characters in their famous TV adverts, they refused to give up their last Rolo.

• Brave passers-by waded in to help a policeman who was knocked unconscious and kicked in the head in a Norwich street.

Thirty-year-old PC Forbes Scott thanked the people who intervened to help from his hospital bed today.

He is recovering with head and face injuries after the incident, which happened last night at the junction of Alexandra Road and Earlham Road.

Fourteen officers were called in to restore order, but passers-by had already helped PC Scott get to his radio and phoned 999.

• Residents living near Norwich's Waterfront music venue today claimed their lives were being made a misery by aggressive youths shouting, singing and smashing windows as they left.

Norwich city councillors, who earlier this year gave the King Street venue a £38,000 rent-free subsidy package, will decide on Monday whether to renew the club's entertainment licence.

Residents stressed today that they do not want to see the club close but want more police in the area.

• A Norwich pensioner was kicked unconscious as he walked home along a lonely lane and robbed by two teenagers - all for the sake of a £5 note.

Two youths jumped Lakenham pensioner Fred Warman from behind and then repeatedly kicked him in the head on Saturday night.

The 66-year-old pensioner was left unconscious on a dark footpath less than 100 yards from his Cranage Road home.

• Village life in communities near Norwich could be destroyed by plans for four huge new housing estates, it was claimed today.

Space for 2000 new homes must be found by South Norfolk Council within 10 years to meet planning guidelines.

But residents at Cringleford and Hethersett have voiced fears that village life and services could suffer if they are swamped by new housing.

15 years ago

• Education officials have reassured parents that children who try to board buses without a pass will not be abandoned by the roadside.

Norfolk County Council is looking at ways of cracking down on school bus fare dodgers - who cost the authority £50,000 a year.

One idea was to prevent children without a pass from boarding, but county councillors have now pledged to look more closely at all the options before taking any action.

• A masked mugger who coshed a pensioner over the head was forced to limp off empty handed after his victim fought back with a karate kick.

No-nonsense Leonard Brown, 68, brought tears to the eyes of his balaclava-clad robber with a well-aimed kick to the groin after being attacked on his way back from collecting his wife's pension.

The would-be thief hit Mr Brown over the head with a piece of wood after leaping from bushes on a woodland path between Sandy Lane and Harwood Road, in

Lakenham, Norwich.

• Firefighters across Norfolk were today threatening a mass walkout.

Green Goddesses could be back on the streets of Norwich if the fire unions carry out their threat. Fire Brigades Union members in Norfolk say they will strike if colleagues in Merseyside, who walked out in a protest over recruitment procedures, are sacked.

The industrial action was sparked by plans proposed by Merseyside's Chief Fire Officer, Malcolm Saunders, to recruit non-uniformed staff to senior posts.

10 years ago

• A man today told of his dramatic fight for life after a hit and run driver sent his car plunging into a water-filled ditch, leaving him trapped as water gushed in.

Neil Chapman, 27, was left for dead with just an inch of air to breathe in after the crash on the A149.

As his car sank rapidly into the ditch, the driver who hit him seconds earlier fled the scene of the crash.

• Fears are today growing that health services in Norfolk could be left hanging in the balance following a major shake-up in less than three months' time.

GPs fear the merger of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) - one of the most radical changes to health provision in recent years - could impinge on the services they provide.

This could include prescribing cheaper pills, longer waiting times, moving blood-taking clinics out of GP surgeries and increased privatisation of the NHS.

From October 1, a countywide PCT looks set to be introduced as 17 PCTs across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are to be axed and replaced by three

- one for each county.

Five years ago

• It has long been a blight on our city's streets.

However, the war against flytippers in Norwich is being won, according to new figures which show the number of times waste has been dumped in the city's streets has plummeted by more than 2,000 cases.

In 2004/5 there were 7,472 cases of fly-tipping in Norwich, but in the last financial year that total had been cut to just 5,378 instances.

• It's a saga which has been dragging on now for more than six months.

Since Christmas Eve last year, Finkelgate, a vital road leading in and out of Norwich city centre, has been closed to traffic.

The road remains shut months since an emergency closure on December 24, when massive cracks appeared in one of the terraced homes in the street.

Norwich City Council says they cannot begin work on the road to get it re-opened until the insurers of the private homes on the street have decided on their fate.

• Drivers around Norwich were today warned to expect months of disruption as almost half a million pounds worth of vital work is done to prevent the city's roads from deteriorating.

Work begins today to put surface dressing on dozens of roads all over Norwich and is due to continue throughout the summer.

While roads will not be closed while the work is done, the council has warned it will cause disruption to drivers and pedestrians.