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Norovirus causes ward closure

The West Suffolk Hospital
The West Suffolk Hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

One of the region's hospitals has had to close a ward following an outbreak of Norovirus.

Eight patients at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds have shown symptoms.

Staff are urging visitors who've experienced diarrhoea or vomiting to stay away from the hospital for at least 72 hours after they've recovered, even if they feel better.

Officer describes gun ordeal

A Prison officer has described the moment a gun was pressed to her head during a prisoner escape from West Suffolk Hospital.

Kim Lockwood told the jury at Woolwich Crown court

As we got out of the car I could obviously feel what I realised was the gun at my head.

I was looking at Mr Farndon. He started saying 'I'm sorry miss, let me go'."

At first, that it was a training thing work had set up ... but very quickly it went out of my head.

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Woman feared for her life during prisoner escape

olice outside the A&E department of West Suffolk Hospital In Bury St Edmunds
olice outside the A&E department of West Suffolk Hospital In Bury St Edmunds Credit: PA

A prison officer told how she thought she was about to die at a Suffolk hospital when a gunman demanded a prisoner in her custody be freed.

Kim Lockwood thought she was in a training exercise when a man pointed a handgun to her head outside West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, a court heard.

The incident happened on the evening of January 25 and led to the escape of prisoner Andrew Farndon, who had been jailed for grievous bodily harm after fracturing his victim's skull in a hammer attack.

Woolwich Crown Court heard he had been taken to the hospital's accident and emergency ward after suffering a knife wound to his shoulder at Highpoint prison in Stradishall, Suffolk.

Farndon's former jailmate Garry Cowan, 44, is standing trial accused of possession of a replica handgun with intent to cause fear of violence, and assisting an offender to escape, which he denies.

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