Shock as axe falls on court

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SUDBURY Magistrates’ Court will be one of more than 100 court buildings across the country to close as part of the Government’s cost-cutting plans, it was announced on Tuesday.

The courthouse, in Acton Lane, is being axed as the Government looks to kick-start a deficit-reduction programme aimed at saving an estimated £15million a year in running costs.

However, the decision to close the Sudbury court, which sits three times a week, will anger many who will now have to travel to Bury St Edmunds.

West Suffolk magistrate and Long Melford councillor Richard Kemp said: “I’m surprised that the door has been closed so quickly.

“It’s another miserable episode that people will have to put up with and I’m disappointed at the loss of another service.”

In total, 93 magistrates’ courts and 49 county courts will be shut across the country. The first court closures will take place in April next year.

For the full story, see this week’s Free Press.