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Paul Derrick is head of news on the Bury Free Press and has been on the title for more than a decade.

Building society to open branch at long vacant former shop

21 September 2021
Building society to open branch at long vacant former shop

Building society to open branch at long vacant former shop

21 September 2021

A building society has signed a 10-year lease to open a branch at a former shop in a town centre.


Best paw forward as charity walk attracts hundreds of dog owners and their ‘very important pups’

20 September 2021
Best paw forward as charity walk attracts hundreds of dog owners and their ‘very important pups’

Best paw forward as charity walk attracts hundreds of dog owners and their ‘very important pups’

20 September 2021

Hundreds of dog owners and their four-legged friends descended on a park for a sponsored walk to support a charity which helps deaf people.


Crews called to fire involving grain dryer at farm

20 September 2021
Crews called to fire involving grain dryer at farm

Crews called to fire involving grain dryer at farm

20 September 2021

Firefighters were alerted to an incident at a Suffolk farm.


Appeal to trace good samaritan who found pensioner's handbag after it was stolen from shop

17 September 2021
Appeal to trace good samaritan who found pensioner's handbag after it was stolen from shop

Appeal to trace good samaritan who found pensioner's handbag after it was stolen from shop

17 September 2021

The daughter of an elderly couple who were targeted by thieves is trying to trace the good samaritan who found and returned her mum's stolen handbag.


Safeguarding at 'inadequate' school is judged effective by Ofsted after leaders take action

17 September 2021
Safeguarding at 'inadequate' school is judged effective by Ofsted after leaders take action

Safeguarding at 'inadequate' school is judged effective by Ofsted after leaders take action

17 September 2021

Leaders at a Suffolk secondary school rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted have ‘acted decisively’ to improve historic safeguarding issues.


Theatre scoops £50,000 towards groups supporting young people with learning disabilities thanks to Ed Sheeran auction

14 September 2021
Theatre scoops £50,000 towards groups supporting young people with learning disabilities thanks to Ed Sheeran auction

Theatre scoops £50,000 towards groups supporting young people with learning disabilities thanks to Ed Sheeran auction

14 September 2021

A theatre has received a £50,000 boost thanks to a charity auction featuring items donated by superstar Ed Sheeran and his family.


'Help us to stock up for Christmas', urges foodbank charity

03 September 2021
'Help us to stock up for Christmas', urges foodbank charity

'Help us to stock up for Christmas', urges foodbank charity

03 September 2021

A foodbank charity is appealing for donations after stocks were depleted due to the pandemic – and in preparation for its Christmas hamper project.


Firefighter retires after 46 years in the job that was his boyhood dream

01 September 2021
Firefighter retires after 46 years in the job that was his boyhood dream

Firefighter retires after 46 years in the job that was his boyhood dream

01 September 2021

A firefighter who has saved lives and battled major blazes during his 46 year career has bid farewell to the job that was his childhood dream.


Boy loses ability to walk after Covid-19 exacerbates life-limiting illness

31 August 2021
Boy loses ability to walk after Covid-19 exacerbates life-limiting illness

Boy loses ability to walk after Covid-19 exacerbates life-limiting illness

31 August 2021

A mum says the ‘amazing’ response to a charity she set up helped her through a tough year after her son caught Covid-19 which exacerbated an illness.


Everything you need to know about town's food and drink festival over bank holiday weekend

28 August 2021
Everything you need to know about town's food and drink festival over bank holiday weekend

Everything you need to know about town's food and drink festival over bank holiday weekend

28 August 2021

A two day festival with cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs promises to celebrate ‘everything the foodie capital of Suffolk has to offer’.


Drug dealer ordered to repay almost £65,000 profited from his crimes

27 August 2021
Drug dealer ordered to repay almost £65,000 profited from his crimes

Drug dealer ordered to repay almost £65,000 profited from his crimes

27 August 2021

A convicted drug dealer has been told to repay £64,771 in the next two months or face 14 months in jail.


Fire crews called to large muck heap smouldering for more than 15 hours

27 August 2021
Fire crews called to large muck heap smouldering for more than 15 hours

Fire crews called to large muck heap smouldering for more than 15 hours

27 August 2021

Firefighters have been at the scene of a muck heap on fire in a Suffolk village.


Family of Simon Dobbin hopes he will finally get 'the justice he deserves'

27 August 2021
Family of Simon Dobbin hopes he will finally get 'the justice he deserves'

Family of Simon Dobbin hopes he will finally get 'the justice he deserves'

27 August 2021

The widow of Simon Dobbin hopes his family will secure justice after a post-mortem confirmed a link between his death and an attack by football thugs.


Death of Simon Dobbin linked to attack by gang of football hooligans, post-mortem reveals

25 August 2021
Death of Simon Dobbin linked to attack by gang of football hooligans, post-mortem reveals

Death of Simon Dobbin linked to attack by gang of football hooligans, post-mortem reveals

25 August 2021

The death of a man five years after he was left permanently brain damaged in an attack by a gang of football hooligans has been linked to the assault.


Health centre's Covid-19 vaccination drive-through shortlisted for top award

24 August 2021
Health centre's Covid-19 vaccination drive-through shortlisted for top award

Health centre's Covid-19 vaccination drive-through shortlisted for top award

24 August 2021

A health centre which delivered thousands of Covid-19 jabs in a drive-through scheme has been recognised for its 'ambition and visionary spirit'.


Fire crews and ambulance service called to gas leak at property

24 August 2021
Fire crews and ambulance service called to gas leak at property

Fire crews and ambulance service called to gas leak at property

24 August 2021

Emergency services attended a gas leak at a property in a town in the early hours.


Bank reopens after closure due to staff member's Covid-19 contact

20 August 2021
Bank reopens after closure due to staff member's Covid-19 contact

Bank reopens after closure due to staff member's Covid-19 contact

20 August 2021

A town bank was forced to close after a member of staff was informed they had been in contact with someone with Covid-19.


Heron seen flying around for weeks with crossbow bolt through its body is put down

20 August 2021
Heron seen flying around for weeks with crossbow bolt through its body is put down

Heron seen flying around for weeks with crossbow bolt through its body is put down

20 August 2021

A heron which was shot with a crossbow and seen flying with the bolt still through it has been put down to prevent it from suffering further.


Developer unveils first look at long-discussed plans for historic site

20 August 2021
Developer unveils first look at long-discussed plans for historic site

Developer unveils first look at long-discussed plans for historic site

20 August 2021

A developer is to press ahead with plans, years in the making, for homes on a historic piece of derelict land in a town.


Fearful midwives catalogue ‘demoralising and heartbreaking’ problems at hospital

20 August 2021
Fearful midwives catalogue ‘demoralising and heartbreaking’ problems at hospital

Fearful midwives catalogue ‘demoralising and heartbreaking’ problems at hospital

20 August 2021

In another blow to a beleaguered hospital, ‘exhausted and broken’ midwives said they were providing ‘substandard care’ due to low staff numbers.