Man charged with murder

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A man charged with murdering a 50-year-old woman from Long Melford is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday.

Mary Roberts, from Hill Close, was found dead in the car park of St Edmund’s Tavern in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, on Wednesday, March 27.

Andrew Ratcliffe, 56, from Wherstead Road in Ipswich, had been due to answer bail earlier this week but was re-arrested and then charged with murdering the mother-of-five. He is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

He appeared at the court on Friday and has been remanded in custody.

Mrs Roberts, who was unemployed at the time of her death, is understood to have lived in Long Melford for eight years up until a few months before she was killed.

She had been married to Nigel Roberts and had four sons – John, Jimmy, Luke and Carl – who were in their 20s, and a daughter Kelly, believed to be in her 30s.

A 59-year-old man from the Bury St Edmunds area, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, had his bail cancelled yesterday and will face no further action.