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Hospital wards closed due to norovirus

Wards G4 and F3 closed due to norovirus. Credit: PA Images

Two wards at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds have been closed to new admissions due to norovirus.

Wards G4 and F3 are currently closed after several patients showed symptoms of the highly contagious diarrhoea and vomiting virus.

Norovirus is very infectious and every year there are cases in the community which transfer to the hospital. Because the virus has an incubation period of several days, people are often unaware that they are carrying it until after they have passed it on.

We would advise anyone who has had diarrhoea or vomiting to stay away from the hospital for at least 72 hours after they have recovered, even if they feel better.

– Nichole Day, executive chief nurse at West Suffolk Hospital


Inquest opened into Suffolk couple deaths

Oliver Ruse and Deborah Ruse Credit: ITV News Anglia

Inquests have been opened into the death of a man at a Bury St Edmunds car park and his wife at her home in Long Melford.

The body of Oliver Ruse who was 37, was discovered at the foot of a multi-storey car park on November 13th.

Police investigations then led officers to an address in Long Melford where 39-year old Deborah Ruse was discovered.

The house in Long Melford where Deborah Ruse was found Credit: ITV News Anglia
Multi-storey car park, Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV News Anglia

Inquests were formally opened and adjourned until February to allow further enquiries to be made.

The hearing was told that a post mortem examination showed that Mr Ruse died from injuries consistent with a fall from height.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Bridger said that blood found on an axe recovered from a bag inside Mr Ruse's car matched that of Mrs Ruse.

He said that Mrs Ruse died from "chopping wounds" to the neck and head and that Mr Ruse had told his sister two days earlier that "the only way out was to kill Deborah but he couldn't live with this."

The couple were involved in an "acrimonious" dispute over where their daughters were to live.

The deaths were being treated as a murder and a suicide.

Mr Ruse ran a Butchery business in Long Melford and at the time of the deaths he had been living apart from his wife. The couple leave four daughters.

Suffolk school's concerns over Ofsted report

The Head teacher of a Suffolk school fears its reputation may suffer after Ofsted claimed it wasn't adequately guarding children against extremism.

Concerns were raised after an inspection at St Benedict's Catholic school in Bury St Edmunds in September. The report was withdrawn days later, but Ofsted continues to list the school along with 10 others as not promoting British values.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

Second person dies at Bury St Edmunds car park in the space of a fortnight

The woman fell from the Parkway car park earlier today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has died after she found outside a multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds.

The woman fell from the Parkway car park earlier today.

She was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital, but passed away shortly after.

Her death is currently being treated as unexplained.

The news comes just a few days after the death of local butcher Oliver Ruse, who also passed away at the car park.


Arc Shopping Centre re-opened after suspected gas leak

The Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk Police say the Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds has now re-opened.

The centre was evacuated this afternoon after a suspected gas leak.

Police say National Grid engineers have not been able to find any trace of gas and so it is now safe for people to go back into the centre.

Gas leak closes Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds

Police shut off 'Arc Shopping Centre' in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk police are asking people to stay away from Bury St Edmunds town centre after a gas leak at the Arc Shopping Centre.

A police cordon is currently in place around the entire Arc Shopping Centre and a number of surrounding streets, while engineers work to resolve the problem.

Shoppers were safely evacuated from within the cordon and police are warning people not to try to enter the area until the cordon is lifted.

Butcher's family 'extremely sad' at their loss

Oliver Ruse

The family of a butcher found dead in Suffolk after his wife was murdered have said they are "extremely sad" at their loss.

Police were called to a multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday to reports that a man had been found with multiple injuries,

Oliver Ruse, a fifth-generation butcher from nearby Long Melford, died at the scene despite paramedics' attempts to save him.

When police visited a home in Park Terrace in the village they found his wife, Deborah Ruse, originally from Zambia, dead.

"We are extremely sad to announce the death of Oliver Ruse.

"We have been overwhelmed by the kind words, floral tributes and offers of help and support at this difficult time.

"We will be continuing the family business of Ruse and Son as Oliver would have wished.

"Please hold his daughters in your prayers."

– The Ruse family

Suffolk Police now believe that Mrs Ruse may have been murdered while her husband's death is being treated as unexplained.

Detectives have not yet revealed the cause of death as they seek to contact family members.

The couple, who were in their 30s and had four children, are believed to have been estranged.

Nurse returns to life on the wards

Anne Thain has returned to life as a nurse Credit: West Suffolk NHS Foundation

A nurse is back on the wards at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds - ten years on from her last shift.

Anne Thain, who lives near Haverhill, worked as a nurse for 21 years before opting for a change of career. However, she and four others have now dusted off their uniforms as part of an initiative called "Come back" which aims to make it easier for former nurses to refresh their skills.

"Walking back onto the ward was a lovely feeling - it has been really nice to get back to the floor and do the job which I left school to do. I live close to the hospital and have experienced it as a patient, so I had some knowledge of the organisation and the care it provides. For me, this was really important - if I was to invest in going back to practice, I wanted to do it somewhere which I felt shared my values and ethos."

– Anne Thain, Nurse
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