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Merger of two Suffolk councils under consideration

St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council are considering a merger. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Proposals to merge two West Suffolk councils which cover Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall are being discussed today.

The Leaders of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council say joining together would give them more financial stability.

The councils already share some resources, and have saved £4 four million annually.

The merger could see just one leader and one cabinet running services across the districts, which also cover Haverhill and Newmarket.

The two councils already share some resources. Credit: ITV News Anglia

We already work closely but this could enable us to be both stronger together and more fleet of foot, to grasp commercial opportunities to further benefit our communities, deliver housing and talk to big business and Government.

– Cllr John Griffiths, Leader, St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Residents do not care what logo is on their bin but that we continue to empty them in the most cost effective way.

At the same time they want us to fight their corner nationally to make sure we get the best deal from Government.

– Cllr James Waters, Leader, Forest Heath District Council

Landfill search for missing Corrie McKeague to be extended

Corrie McKeague.

The search of a landfill site for the body of missing airman Corrie McKeague has revealed no evidence of what happened to him despite reaching its tenth week.

Officers have been through more than 3,000 tonnes of rubbish at the site in Milton, but his body has not been found in the area where they originally thought it might be.

The parameters of the search have now been widened. The total cost of the investigation has reached more than a million pounds.

Search for Corrie has cost more than £1 million

Corrie McKeague

The hunt to find missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague has now cost Suffolk Police more than £1 million.

Police search teams have spent nearly eight months looking for the 23-year-old since he disappeared following a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds on September 24.

It makes the case one of the most expensive missing person's investigations undertaken by Suffolk police forces.

Detectives are confident that Corrie is buried in landfill after data from a bin lorry showed that the rubbish collected from where he went missing could have carried his body.

Specialists are continuing to comb the tip in Milton, Cambs., where they have spent more than nine weeks sifting through 2,850 tonnes of rubbish.

Police search a landfill site for Corrie

The search is expected to be completed later in the month.


Pregnant girlfriend of Corrie McKeague shares selfie of the couple

April shared this picture of the couple and called it Credit: April Oliver

The pregnant girlfriend of the missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague has released a selfie of the pair, as she prepares to give birth to his child.

April-Louise Oliver simply entitled the picture "My world" with a heart emoji on Facebook. She discovered she was pregnant shortly after the 23 year old went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds last September.

April Oliver with Corrie McKeague Credit: April Oliver

The pair had been together for about five months after meeting on a dating site. The 21 year old is apparently due to give birth in the spring but Corrie did not know about the pregnancy.

Specialist police officers are still searching through waste at a landfill site in Milton in Cambridge. It's thought the search could take up to ten weeks.

Suffolk hospital given top rating for stroke services

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has been praised for its care. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stroke services at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds have been rated in the country's top ten, according to latest figures.

The hospital was praised for the quality of care given to stroke patients and was given an A grade.

The trust received its highest ever rating for their Speech and Language Therapy department.

We work really hard to meet the national care standards for stroke to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

This is the first time our SALT department has been rated since increasing staff levels and implementing six day a week working.

This ensures there is always a SALT therapist available, including at the weekend, for all our patients - stroke or otherwise.

When families visit at weekends our therapists can advise family members about their relative’s condition, and instruct them on how best to support their loved one’s recovery.

– Dr Ann Nicolson, West Suffolk Hospital

Man arrested over rape of teenager released on bail

A teenager has reported being raped in Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 18-year-old man has been released on bail after being arrested for an alleged rape of a teenager in Newmarket.

It happened in the early hours of 26 March at Fred Archer Way between Wellington Street and Exeter Road - known locally as the Yellow Brick Road.

Police were contacted after a girl in her late teens reported that she been walking in the area, when she was approached by a man who then raped her.

Officers believe the pair knew each other. They say enquiries are ongoing.

The man is due to return to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre on 27 June.

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