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Royal household official jailed for accepting bribes

Former Royal Household official, Ronald Harper, accepted more than £100,000 in bribes. Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

A former Royal Household official from Suffolk who accepted more than £100,000 in bribes to award contracts for work at royal residences including Buckingham Palace has been jailed for five years.

Ronald Harper was deputy property manager responsible for maintaining the Queen's main London home, as well as St James's Palace, Clarence House and Windsor Castle, from 1994 until he was suspended in 2012.

The 64-year-old, from Sudbury, accepted payments or gifts from the directors of companies who were then given large contracts for maintenance of the historic buildings paid for by the then Civil List, now called the Sovereign Grant.

He was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to make corrupt payments after two trials at Southwark Crown Court in June and August.

The corrupt bribes were made "over a significant period of time" either to directly to Harper or via a member of his family, while some of the money was used to pay Harper's credit card bills, jurors were told.


Suffolk man dies after wall collision

Police investigate fatal collision

A man who was injured in a car crash in Sudbury at the end of last month has died in hospital.

It happened on 27th August when the Ford Focus he was driving collided with a wall in Alexandra Road at the junction with Windham Road.

The 46 year old was alone in the car and was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge but died on Friday.

Officers with the Suffolk Police Serious Collision Investigation Team want to talk to anyone who saw the crash.

Man from Kent charged with the rapes of two women in Suffolk

Man charged with raping two women. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 34-year-old man from Kent has been charged with the rapes of two women in Suffolk.

Police were contacted last Sunday, August 7th, by a woman who reported being attacked in the early hours of the morning.

The victim met a man while walking back from Sudbury town centre at about 4.30am and said she was raped by him at an address in nearby Great Cornard.

Detectives later discovered a second woman had also been raped in the same house.

Erkan Bozyel, of Station Road, New Romney in Kent, was arrested at Liverpool Street Station in London on Thursday and brought back to Suffolk for questioning.

He has been charged with two counts of rape.

Sudbury to keep its fire engine - but other Suffolk communities will lose out

Suffolk firefighters at work. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A Suffolk market town will no longer lose its fire engine after the county's fire service scaled back proposed cuts following a public consultation.

But the decision to retain a crew at Sudbury will mean communities elsewhere - including Ipswich and Lowestoft - will be hit instead.

Suffolk fire service needs to save £1.3m and is still short of that target.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report below.


Man arrested in connection with armed robbery

Scene of the raid

A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery on a Post Office in Sudbury.

The raid took place at the Ballingdon Road Post Office at around 6:45 this evening.

A man threatened staff with a knife demanding money and cigarettes. He fled towards the King's Head pub. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Christmas shoppers urged to support market town after major fire

Sudbury fire in September. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Christmas shoppers are being urged to support a market town in Suffolk after a major fire in September.

Several businesses in Sudbury were damaged in the blaze.

MP James Cartlidge said thanks to hard work from the community the town centre was open for business and ready for the Christmas rush.

He added: "The fire that ripped through Sudbury in September was devastating.

"With a number of residents losing their homes and small businesses suffering severe damage, the town could have taken a long time to recover.

"However, whilst a lot remains to do, Sudbury has pulled together and I have been delighted to see the enormous community spirit that has allowed it to flourish in the face of this adversity.

"Through hard work and dedication, the community has ensured that the town is ready for the Christmas rush, a fantastic achievement.

"I encourage all of my constituents to show their support for Sudbury by doing their shopping for the festive season in this resilient town.”

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