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Police hunt armed robber after convenience store raid

The armed robbery took place at Home Farm Lane Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives in Bury St Edmunds are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a shop in the town.

It happened at 10.15pm on Monday 15 September, when a man went into the convenience store in Home Farm Lane. He pulled what appeared to be a hand gun from his pocket and pointed it at the shop owner. The owner ducked behind the counter and the offender grabbed the whole cash till from the counter and ran with it out of the shop.

The shop owner ran after the man who turned right and through a car park. The offender dropped the till and stole a quantity of its contents before running off.

The offender is described as white, aged around 26-27 years and approximately 6ft tall. The shop has been closed this morning so officers can investigate what happened.

Austin Cornish's childhood tragedy inspired him to become a tireless fundraiser

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the East of the Anglia region


Austin Cornish from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk was three years old he lost his father in an air disaster in the 1970s.

How people helped his family at that difficult time inspired him to become a tireless campaigner who's raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local good causes.


Former Suffolk dance teacher Scott Rogers shot dead in the US

Scott Rogers hosted a TV show on WAFB-TV. Credit: Youtube

A former Suffolk dance teacher who went on to find fame as a presenter on American television, has been shot dead at his home in Louisiana.

Before leaving Bury St Edmunds, Scott Rogers ran a controversial dancing school, described by authorities at the time as having an "unhealthy atmosphere similar to a religious cult."

It's believed he was killed by his son-in-law Mathew Hodgkinson, also his former lover, who then tried to kill himself.

"This looks to be a murder and attempted suicide.

Rogers was found with a single gun shot wound to the head and Mathew was on the floor with a gun shot wound to the head."

– Iberville sheriff Brett Stassi

Police ask for help to trace wanted man

Police have named a man they would like to trace after a woman in her 20s was punched and kicked outside her home in Bury St Edmunds.

Dale Roberts is being sought by detectives who want to speak to him in connection with the assault which happened on August 16.

The 26-year-old, who is unemployed, also threatened to set fire to the woman's house.

Det Con Matt Ross, of Suffolk Police, said: “We have been trying to find Dale Roberts for the past few weeks following various information we have been given, but we have been unable to locate him. We are now turning to the public to help us arrest him.”

Mr Roberts is described as white, of medium build, about 5ft 10ins tall and with a tattoo on his left wrist.

He is known to have connections in the Sudbury and Bury areas.

Teenager reports being sexually assaulted in cemetery

A teenage girl has reported being sexually assaulted in a cemetery in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenage girl has reported being sexually assaulted in a cemetery in Bury St Edmunds.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack on the 14-year-old which happened between 5pm and 5.30pm on Saturday at Hospital Road.

They particularly want to hear from an elderly woman who spoke to the victim to check she was alright shortly after the assault.


Bury St Edmunds: Police release e-fit likeness of rogue trader

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police have released an e-fit likeness of a man involved in a rogue trader incident in Bury St Edmunds last week in the hope that someone may recognise him.

The incident happened at around 11am on Monday 4 August at an address in Rembrandt Way.

Police are warning residents to beware of rogue traders and not to accept offers of work such as this.

If you recognise this man from the e-fit likeness contact Bury East/West Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 quoting reference BU/14/2199, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Suffolk: Tories to meet to discuss future without Ruffley

David Ruffley MP. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The resignation of Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley looks set to dominate a meeting of the local Conservatives Association tonight, as the search begins for a new candidate to stand in next year's General Election.

The Tory MP has represented the town in The Commons since 1997, but faced mounting pressure to stand down after it emerged he'd been cautioned by police for assaulting his former partner.

MP to stand down after police caution

After weeks of mounting pressure, the decision by Suffolk MP David Ruffley to step down at the next election has been broadly welcomed in his constituency. Calls for him to vacate his Bury St Edmunds seat came after news surfaced that he's received a caution for common assault on a partner. But his detractors say next May isn't soon enough, and he should go immediately. Here's Tanya Mercer's report.

David Ruffley to stand down at next election

David Ruffley agrees to stand down at next election

The Tory MP for Bury St Edmunds who apologised after receiving a police caution for domestic assault involving his former partner will stand down at the 2015 general election.

David Ruffley confirmed in a letter to his local Conservative Association that he will not stand for re-election next year, saying the "protracted media debate" on his private life would not serve the interests of the party in his constituency.

Mr Ruffley also said he was not willing to continue to sustain the "unrelenting orchestrated intrusion into my private life".

The MP revealed last week that he had apologised to his former partner for the March incident, which led to him accepting a caution for common assault.

Mr Ruffley said the woman had accepted his apology and stressed that he did not condone domestic violence "under any circumstances".

Writing to Andrew Speed, the chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Conservative Association, Mr Ruffley said: "Sadly, although I have apologised for a very regrettable incident last March and both my former partner and I considered the matter closed, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that a protracted media debate on my private life, whatever the motivation or however misinformed, would not serve the wider interests of the Conservative cause in East Anglia.

"Nor at a human level am I prepared to continue to sustain the unrelenting orchestrated intrusion into my personal life."

The former shadow police minister went on to say he was standing down with a "heavy heart".

Mr Ruffley was referred by the Conservative Party to chief whip Michael Gove for investigation last week after he revealed his apology to his former partner.

Michael Gove, Conservative Party Chief Whip
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