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40 vehicles checked in road-side stops in Bury St Edmunds

More than 40 vehicles were stopped close to Bury St Edmunds as part of a multi-agency operation targeting criminals using Suffolk's road network.

The Rougham Lorry Park was used as a base as police patrolled the main road networks and surrounding villages in the area.

Trucks and light goods vehicles were stopped and escorted to the site where partner agencies like he DVSA and HM Revenue & Customs did additional checks and examinations.

44 vehicles were stopped in total, with just seven leaving clear of an offences.

Nine vehicles were given immediate prohibitions by the DVSA, while eight were given delayed prohibitions – meaning defects needed to be fixed as quickly as possible and more than 50 advisory notices were given.

Police gave 27 traffic offence reports for offences including driving with no seatbelt, driving with an insecure load, driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, driving whilst using a mobile phone and driving with defective brakes or tyres.

"We carry out these regular checks to make our roads safer and, as demonstrated by the number of offences found, there is a need to continue them to deal with drivers and vehicles that are potentially dangerous to other road users. Working with partner agencies means we can tackle a range of issues and there will be more days in future in different locations around the county.”

– Sgt Julian Ditcham, Suffolk Police

"It is a clear message to criminals that the Constabulary is on the case and makes it clear to drivers that unroadworthy vehicles will be removed from our roads. Vehicles travelling on our roads in a dangerous condition clearly pose a threat to those behind the wheel and other road users. Some people consider defects such as low tyre tread as minor, but the consequences of using a vehicle in that condition could be fatal.”

– Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore

PM tells Suffolk MP he's launching new child protection taskforce

The Prime Minister has announced a new child protection taskforce in response to a question from new Suffolk MP Jo Churchill.

The Bury St Edmunds MP was speaking for the first time at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

The Child Protection Taskforce will be headed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. It will be responsible for leading improvements across police, social services and other agencies - focusing on transforming social work and children’s services, improving inspection and tackling child sexual exploitation.

The government is to appoint a Chief Social Worker to champion reform in the profession and there's to be £400 million spending on training for social workers.

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The Only Way Is Suffolk for Keegan & Wright

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright have tied the knot in Suffolk.

The former Coronation Street actress and The Only Way Is Essex star were married at a celebrity packed ceremony in Bury St Edmunds.

Michelle Keegan & Mark Wright at an awards ceremony. Credit: PA Images

Brooke Vincent and Antony Cotton were among the soap stars who attended the ceremony at St Mary's Church.

Towie stars who joined the couple for their special day included James Argent and Lydia Bright.

Brooke Vincent and Anthony Cotton (right), make their way to St Mary's Church. Credit: PA Images

Bridesmaids were thought to include Wright's sisters Jessica and Natalya, Keegan's stepsister Nichola, her cousins Gemma, Katy and Lauren, and her best friend Becky Hatch.

The couple are thought to have signed a deal with a magazine for coverage of their big day.

Members of the public gather outside St Mary's Church in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: PA Images
Guests making their way to the church in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: PA Images
The car carrying former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan arriving at St Mary's Church in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: PA Images
The Reverend Canon Malcolm Rogers conducted the marriage service. Credit: PA Images

The couple have been celebrating their upcoming nuptials in recent weeks with a string of hen and stag dos, which saw Keegan, 27, take a group of friends away to Dubai where her fiance proposed to her, while Wright, 28, and his pals hit Las Vegas for their party.

Keegan and Wright announced their engagement in September 2013, nine months after they started dating.

Keegan had previously been engaged to The Wanted singer Max George, while Wright had planned to marry his former Towie co-star Lauren Goodger.

Third arrest in Suffolk drugs investigation

Third arrest in Suffolk drugs investigation

A 41-year-old woman has been arrested this morning in connection with a drugs investigation in Bury St Edmunds.

It comes after five people were treated in West Suffolk Hospital for suspected drug overdoses.

One man is still in a stable condition. Toxicology tests are being carried out to establish the cause of the medical conditions.

The woman from Bury St Edmunds, was arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug. She is currently being held in Bury Police Investigation, where she will be questioned.

Two teenage men from London have already been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. They've both been granted police bail.

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Second man arrested over suspected drug overdoses

A second man has been arrested in connection with suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds.

Five people treated at West Suffolk Hospital Credit: PA Images

The ambulance service was called to four different addresses yesterday and four individuals were admitted to West Suffolk Hospital. A fifth man presented himself to hospital with concerns for his welfare having taken an illegal substance.

Two men are still in the hospital in a stable condition, all others have been discharged. Toxicology tests are being carried out to establish the cause of the medical conditions.

Police were alerted to the incidents yesterday evening and an investigation is now underway with the health service to establish the circumstances and any links.

The detail of what drugs were taken remains unclear but it is suspected that it is likely to have been heroin or crack cocaine.

A 19-year-old man from London was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

An 18-year-old man from London was arrested earlier today on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. They are both being questioned by detectives at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

A quantity of class A drugs have been recovered as a result of the arrests to date but it is not yet known whether these are specifically linked to the overdoses and whether more are in circulation.

Police are continuing to remind communities of the dangers associated with taking illegal substances and urging anyone in possession of these drugs to dispose of them safely or hand them in.

Man arrested over suspected drug overdoses

A man has been arrested in connection with suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds.

West Suffolk Hospital Credit: PA Images

The ambulance service was called at 11.38am yesterday to an address in Ashwell Road, Bury St Edmunds, where a man in his 40s was unconscious.

They were then called at 3.10pm to an address in Priors Avenue to a man in his 30s, at 5.43pm to an address in Tayfen Road to a woman in her 20s and at 8:30pm to St Andrews Street North to a man in his 30s.

All four individuals were admitted to West Suffolk Hospital and a fifth man presented himself to hospital with concerns for his welfare having taken an illegal substance.

Two men remain in the hospital in a stable condition, all others have been discharged. Toxicology tests are being carried out to establish the cause of the medical conditions.

Police were alerted to the incidents yesterday evening and an investigation is now underway with the health service to establish the circumstances and any links.

The detail of what drugs were taken remains unclear but it is suspected that it is likely to have been heroin or crack cocaine.

An 18-year-old man from London has been arrested this afternoon on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. He is being taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he will be questioned by detectives.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. Credit: PA Images

"Taking illegal substances of any kind is extremely dangerous, and as these recent cases have shown, can result in serious illness or injury.

"We believe that the drugs taken by the individuals concerned were obtained in Bury St Edmunds over recent days, but any substances purchased illegally at any time carry this risk.

"Our primary concern is to prevent harm coming to anybody else, so we are urging anyone in possession of illegal drugs, particularly those recently obtained in the Bury St Edmunds area, not to take them but to dispose of them safely.

"Our work now will focus on ensuring that any vulnerable members of the community are safeguarded and that members of the public are aware of the risk posed.”

– Superintendent Andrew Mason

"These incidents are a cause for concern. I would urge people under no circumstances to take any illegal drugs, which as we have seen can have devastating consequences.

"If you have taken illegal drugs, or if you know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and needs urgent medical care, call 999 immediately and ask for the ambulance service.

"For drugs and alcohol information and advice in Suffolk, call our new integrated service provided by Turning Point on 0300 1230872.”

– Councillor Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council.

If you have information about the supply of this or other illegal drugs you can call Suffolk Police on101 or pass information anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the Talk To Frank website: www.talktofrank.com or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00

Five in hospital following suspected drug overdoses

Five people are in hospital following suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Police car outside West Suffolk Hospital Credit: PA Images

The five incidents are all believed to have occurred in the Bury area at various stages last night.

All five individuals were admitted to West Suffolk Hospital, three are on hospital wards and two are in critical care, all are in stable conditions.

Officers are investigating and working with medical staff to establish whether there is a common link between the five cases.

Police believe the drug taken is Heroin and are warning drug users to be aware of these incidents and the associated risks.

Police carry out checks near scene of sex attack

Suffolk Police have been re-checking an area of Bury St Edmunds where a 25-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted last week.

Police e-fit Credit: Suffolk Police

She was pushed into a wooded area, and suffered a broken wrist during the attack on Shakers Lane. The police have released the above e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detectives are still appealing for three people to come forward who they believe may have information. These include a man, described as white and in his 50s, who was walking a small black dog believed to be called 'Freddie', and two male cyclists.

The suspect is described as being in his late teens, between 5'8" and 5'11" tall, with dark brown hair and dark eyebrows. He was wearing dark coloured tracksuit and told the victim that he was from Romania, although detectives point out that this cannot be confirmed as fact.

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