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Next year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta

Next year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Sealed in 1215, it provided the foundations on which British laws and principles are based.

The barons of England are reported to have met in Bury St Edmunds. They swore an oath at the alter of the abbey that would later force the king to accept what would become one of the most famous documents in history.

To commemorate the event, a team of embroiders has been tasked with designing and creating a twelve panel tapestry.

Man arrested after fire in block of flats

Police have arrested a 40-year-old man following a fire at a block of flats in Bury St Edmunds.

The incident took place at around 11.45pm last night (Saturday 4 October) in the flats above a row of shops in Stamford Court.

Fires had been started in the ground floor stairwell and on the first floor balcony, causing residents of two flats to be evacuated.

Officers arrested a man on suspicion of arson shortly after midnight.

He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he is currently being questioned.


Woman on bail after Bury incident

A woman who was arrested in connection with an incident in Suffolk in which a man was left critically injured has been released on bail.

Police were called to a flat on Anselm Avenue in Bury St Edmunds on on Monday 8 September following reports man had fallen from a balcony.

When they arrived they found a 50-year-old local man with serious multiple injuries. He remains critically ill in hospital.

On Friday 19th September, a 40-year-old woman from Bury St Edmunds was arrested at her home address. She's now been released on bail.

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.

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