These headlines appeared in the Bury Free Press on this week in years gone by.
10 years ago:
Pakenham villagers had raised £2,200 to step-up security at their local post office after it was raided for the second time in five years. In November, armed robbers burst into the Fen Road store and threatened postmaster Max Bacon with a handgun. The 57-year-old managed to fight off the two masked men and they fled empty-handed. Residents came up with the funds to fit the store with its own CCTV system. Mr Bacon said: “Having the CCTV will make us feel a lot safer, especially as the nights draw in, and it will at least give the police a face should this happen again.”
25 years ago:
Soaring property prices had placed Bury St Edmunds in the record books following a £8.1 million land deal. The price fetched for the 14.5 acre site in Southgate Street was believed to be a record for residential land in East Anglia. It was sold by Jewson Ltd with planning consent for 178 homes, following the company’s acquisition of new premises on Moreton Hall. Costain Homes Ltd, which bought the site, was expected to start work on it in the spring.
50 years ago:
The Bury Town Council had objected to an application to increase bus fares in the town. It was proposed that fares of sixpence and less be increased by halfapenny and fares of more than sevenpence by a penny.