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Former headteacher jailed for abusing boys

Three former members of staff at Oakwood School in Suffolk have been sentenced following two trials at Ipswich Crown Court.

Former Oakwood headteacher Eric De Smith, 76, of Danes Close in Stowmarket, was found guilty on seven charges at a trial in March and April – four offences of indecent assault and three offences of indecency with a child. Reporting of this case was restricted while a second trial, involving four men, went ahead during April and May.

Two of the men involved in this second trial – former deputy headteacher Gerald West and child care officer Michael Watts – each admitted two charges of cruelty to a child under 16 and all charges have dropped against the two other defendants.

Today, Friday 22 May, Eric De Smith was jailed for seven years while West, 71, of Martins Meadow, Gislingham, and Watts, 59, from Southampton were given conditional discharges for a year and ordered to pay costs.

Third arrest in Suffolk drugs investigation

Third arrest in Suffolk drugs investigation

A 41-year-old woman has been arrested this morning in connection with a drugs investigation in Bury St Edmunds.

It comes after five people were treated in West Suffolk Hospital for suspected drug overdoses.

One man is still in a stable condition. Toxicology tests are being carried out to establish the cause of the medical conditions.

The woman from Bury St Edmunds, was arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug. She is currently being held in Bury Police Investigation, where she will be questioned.

Two teenage men from London have already been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. They've both been granted police bail.

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Second man arrested over suspected drug overdoses

A second man has been arrested in connection with suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds.

Five people treated at West Suffolk Hospital Credit: PA Images

The ambulance service was called to four different addresses yesterday and four individuals were admitted to West Suffolk Hospital. A fifth man presented himself to hospital with concerns for his welfare having taken an illegal substance.

Two men are still in the hospital in a stable condition, all others have been discharged. Toxicology tests are being carried out to establish the cause of the medical conditions.

Police were alerted to the incidents yesterday evening and an investigation is now underway with the health service to establish the circumstances and any links.

The detail of what drugs were taken remains unclear but it is suspected that it is likely to have been heroin or crack cocaine.

A 19-year-old man from London was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

An 18-year-old man from London was arrested earlier today on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. They are both being questioned by detectives at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

A quantity of class A drugs have been recovered as a result of the arrests to date but it is not yet known whether these are specifically linked to the overdoses and whether more are in circulation.

Police are continuing to remind communities of the dangers associated with taking illegal substances and urging anyone in possession of these drugs to dispose of them safely or hand them in.

Police release e-fit following aggravated burglary

Police have issued an e-fit likeness of a man they would like to speak to following an aggravated burglary in Newmarket.

E-fit issued by police Credit: Suffolk Police

A house on Lowther Street was broken into at around 12.20am on Tuesday 19 May. The person inside the house was woken up and threatened with a crowbar. A small amount of cash was stolen.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his thirties to forties, between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, of slim build, and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark blue coloured ‘bomber-style’ jacket, a black beanie hat and orange gloves and spoke with an Eastern European accent.

Anyone who recognises this man, or who has any information about this incident, is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime Team on 101 quoting reference NE/15/872, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man arrested over suspected drug overdoses

A man has been arrested in connection with suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds.

West Suffolk Hospital Credit: PA Images

The ambulance service was called at 11.38am yesterday to an address in Ashwell Road, Bury St Edmunds, where a man in his 40s was unconscious.

They were then called at 3.10pm to an address in Priors Avenue to a man in his 30s, at 5.43pm to an address in Tayfen Road to a woman in her 20s and at 8:30pm to St Andrews Street North to a man in his 30s.

All four individuals were admitted to West Suffolk Hospital and a fifth man presented himself to hospital with concerns for his welfare having taken an illegal substance.

Two men remain in the hospital in a stable condition, all others have been discharged. Toxicology tests are being carried out to establish the cause of the medical conditions.

Police were alerted to the incidents yesterday evening and an investigation is now underway with the health service to establish the circumstances and any links.

The detail of what drugs were taken remains unclear but it is suspected that it is likely to have been heroin or crack cocaine.

An 18-year-old man from London has been arrested this afternoon on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. He is being taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he will be questioned by detectives.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. Credit: PA Images

"Taking illegal substances of any kind is extremely dangerous, and as these recent cases have shown, can result in serious illness or injury.

"We believe that the drugs taken by the individuals concerned were obtained in Bury St Edmunds over recent days, but any substances purchased illegally at any time carry this risk.

"Our primary concern is to prevent harm coming to anybody else, so we are urging anyone in possession of illegal drugs, particularly those recently obtained in the Bury St Edmunds area, not to take them but to dispose of them safely.

"Our work now will focus on ensuring that any vulnerable members of the community are safeguarded and that members of the public are aware of the risk posed.”

– Superintendent Andrew Mason

"These incidents are a cause for concern. I would urge people under no circumstances to take any illegal drugs, which as we have seen can have devastating consequences.

"If you have taken illegal drugs, or if you know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and needs urgent medical care, call 999 immediately and ask for the ambulance service.

"For drugs and alcohol information and advice in Suffolk, call our new integrated service provided by Turning Point on 0300 1230872.”

– Councillor Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council.

If you have information about the supply of this or other illegal drugs you can call Suffolk Police on101 or pass information anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the Talk To Frank website: www.talktofrank.com or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00

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