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Man arrested after serious incident in Bentley

A man from Colchester has been arrested and charged with a string of serious offences following an incident in Bentley last week. Police were called at 11.30am Wednesday 1 February following a report of a burglary in progress at a domestic property in Capel Road, Bentley. Officers attended and pursued the suspect towards the A12 at Capel St Mary. The road was closed in both directions for a while.

James Preston, 23, of Bardfield Road, Colchester has been charged with the following offences:

  • Burglary at an address in East Mill Green, Bentley
  • Attempted Burglary at a property in Capel Road, Bentley
  • Aggravated Burglary with Intent at an address in Pound Lane, Capel St Mary
  • Possession of an Offensive Weapon (meat cleaver) in a public place
  • Assault of a Police Officer.

Preston appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Friday 3 February. [05.02.17]

This item is based on a news release to Bentley Parish Council from Suffolk Constabulary, issued 03.02.17


NHS Under Pressure - Appeal from Local NHS Services

"Our doctors, nurses and paramedics are under a lot of pressure today, and they are asking for your help.

Most of the people we are seeing at the hospitals' Emergency Departments and at the GP surgeries need a lot of time to make sure they are treated well. This is not unusual – people who are already quite ill get a lot sicker during the colder winter months.

You can help by using pharmacies and, if that is not enough, by ringing 111.

  • Pharmacies are open for good long hours including evenings and weekends and can help with lots of conditions, like if you have a cold, a sprain or strain, if you have small cuts and bruises, have indigestion, heartburn or diarrhoea. You don’t need an appointment to speak with the pharmacist.
  • If you are not sure what to do, call 111 for free. It is a 24/7 service.
  • The Wellbeing Suffolk service offers support if you feel stressed or depressed. Call them on 0300 123 1781 to find out how they could help. If you feel in crisis, are in despair or suicidal call the Samaritans on 116 123.

 If you do have an emergency, we are there for you. If it is not urgent, help your NHS by trying other ways first." [07.01.17]

This item originates from a request from Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council on 03.01.17 to publish information received from NHS partners.


Bentley Burglary Alert!!!

Please be aware that Bentley village has suffered a spate of house burglaries between 24th and 29th November.


  • Two sheds were broken into at a dwelling in Hazel Shrub between 2pm on Thursday 24th and Saturday 26th November. Three cans of petrol and some screenwash were stolen.
  • Between 1pm and 4pm on Tuesday 29th November, a house in Station Road was broken into after a rear window was forced open. It is not yet known if any property was stolen.
  • Between 2.15pm and 4.45pm Tuesday 29th November a house in Capel Road was broken into. A ground floor rear window was smashed using considerable force to gain entry to the house. Cash and a car key were taken and a black Ford Mondeo, registration number AY66NGN was stolen from the secluded driveway.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen any unusual activity or suspicious vehicles in the area around the times of these burglaries. Any information should be passed to Suffolk Constabulary using the non-emergency telephone number 101. If anyone believes they are witnessing a burglary in progress, they should dial 999.


"... We will remember them."

More than eighty people attended the Service of Remembrance held at the war memorial in Bentley at 11am Sunday 13 November. The service was officiated by Sandra Mehen. Wreaths and crosses were laid by parishioners, and a chaplet was laid by parish councillor John Wheals on behalf of the residents of Bentley, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, in all conflicts since the First Great War. Mr Robin Owen laid a wreath on behalf of The Bentley Comrades. Mr Wheals read out the names of those from Bentley who lost their lives during the first and second world wars. [13/11/16]

Post Box Decommissioned

The wall mounted post box located just east of the junction of Station Road and Grove Road has been sealed, and is to be permanently removed by Royal Mail, at the landowner’s request. Royal Mail intends to install a new replacement post box nearby. Until now the Parish Council had been unaware of the intentions of the property owner and Royal Mail regarding the decommissioning of the post box. The Parish Council has contacted Royal Mail to explore if the old box can be re-sited. In any event the Parish Council will be pressing to have a post box located as near as practicable to the current one. The nearest alternative post boxes are located at: Hall Cottages, Bentley IP9 2LP; Bentley Station House IP9 2DB; Falstaff Manor, Bentley IP9 2BU; and Hazel Shrub, Bentley IP9 2DG. [22/10/16]


For September's update on local Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB) click here


Public Exhibition - Ipswich

A public exhibition of Network Rail's preferred options for level crossing changes in the Ipswich area will be held on: Tuesday 13 September (2pm-7pm) at Ipswich Town Hall (Gallery 3). Cornhill, Ipswich, IP1 1DH. For more details click here.

Suffolk's Year of Walking - April Update

Suffolk's year of walking is a campaign celebrating walking in Suffolk. There are currently over 300 events scheduled between May 2016 and May 2017, including everything from widlife walks and dog walks to ghost walks and 26 mile challenge walks. There is something for all ages and abilities. For further information read the April Update letter by (clicking here to open letter).


Update on Policing Review

In January 2016 Chief Constable Gareth Wilson and Police & Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, wrote a joint letter to Town and Parish Councils in Suffolk. (PDF version available in margin). We reported on this site in December that the Constabulary had to make savings of £5 million over the next two years and £20.5 million before 2020. The following week, Home Secretary George Osborne announced in the House of Commons there would be no further cuts to police budgets, on the assumption that the council tax precept would be increased. This effectively means that Suffolk Constabulary has to find considerably less in savings over the coming years and has adjusted the Policing Review accordingly. However, some of the already identified savings will remain, which means the previously announced reduction in our Safer Neighbourhood Teams will still be implemented in April this year. On a positive note the Constabulary will be able to employ around 30 more police officers over the next few years bringing the establishment back up to the 1,100 mark. Please see the PDF version of the revised Constables County publication. (See margin). [04.02.16]

Council Tax policing precept

The Police and Crime Commissioner has set the policing element of the council tax precept for 2016/17. He has announced that he will be asking council taxpayers to pay an average of just under 7p a week extra towards policing in the county in the next financial year. The PCC presented his precept proposal to the Police and Crime Panel meeting at Suffolk County Council’s HQ on January 29th for their consideration; the panel unanimously supported the proposal.

Raising the precept by 1.958% will add £830K to the Constabulary’s budget, which will help fund 20 police officers to focus on protecting vulnerable people and support the county's cyber-crime investigations and three PCSOs to carry out a liaison role in schools right across the county. This increase to the policing element of the precept means the average council tax payment will increase from £170.10 to £173.34 per year in 2016/17 (based on Band D property). [04.02.16]



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