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Town to honour First World War VC hero

Spencer John Bent

People in Stowmarket will gather today to pay tribute to those that lost their lives in the wars and to honour a man called Spencer John Bent who in the First World War was was awarded the Victoria Cross for four separate acts of gallantry.

Private Bent's heroics came during the famous Battle of Ypres. He was later wounded at the Somme but survived the war, eventually rising to the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major. He died in 1977, aged 86.


Man charged in relation to historic abuse at school

A man has been charged in relation to historic abuse at a school in Stowmarket.

The investigation relates to alleged offences carried out between 1975 and 1999 at Oakwood School and officers have spoken with over 100 people since it began in 2011.

74-year-old man Eric De Smith, of Danes Close, has been charged with gross indecency and indecent assault.

He is now due to appear in Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court on Tuesday 1st October.

Are these medals yours?

Five medals found by the roadside in Bacton Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police have issued a photo of some medals which were found by the roadside in Bacton in the hope that they can be reunited with their owner.

Five medals on ribbons and all secured on a pin were found on 10 April 2013 in Rectory Road, Bacton (opposite the bowls club) and handed in to police.

The medals include:

A South African Medal from 1901 belonging to PTE 6773 or 8773 of the Imperial Yeomanry;

A 1939 Defence Medal;

A 1953 Queen Elizabeth;

A 1945 Territorial Medal; and

A 1939 to 1945 King George Medal.

If you believe the medals are yours, or know who they could belong to you are asked to contact Stowmarket Police front desk on 101.

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