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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.


Man found with head injuries in Stowmarket

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A man has been found at his home in Stowmarket with head injuries.

Police were called to an address in Gainsborough Road in the town yesterday evening after a friend grew concerned that he hadn't seen the man for a few days.

The man was found conscious but incoherent at the house and is now being treated at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Police are treating the incident as unexplained but have cordoned off the house to carry out further investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

Woman dies after car crashes into ditch

A woman has died following a road traffic collision in Suffolk yesterday.

The collision occurred just before 5pm on Forest Road, Onehouse near to Stowmarket when a red Daihatsu left the road and came to a stop in a ditch.

Fire, Ambulance and the Air Ambulance also attended but the female driver of the vehicle, who was in her seventies, died on scene.

Arrest in connection with abuse inquiry at Suffolk school

A 73-year-old man has been arrested and bailed in connection with an inquiry into abuse at a Suffolk boarding school which is now closed.

The man from Stowmarket was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of assault and sexual assault. He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

The arrest relates to alleged offences carried out between 1975 and 1996 at Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

Police appeal after man injured in pub car park

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fight in the car park of the Queens Head public house at Station Road West in Stowmarket in which a 43-year-old man sustained cuts to his face.

The incident happened between 10.30pm and 11pm on Friday, 21 December, and a 19-year-old man from Stowupland was subsequently arrested. He has been released on bail. The 43 year old victim was released after hospital treatment to his cuts.

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