Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Bedfield: Philip and Ann Prior both released from hospital following Barbados shooting

PUBLISHED: 09:17 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 21 March 2013

Philip and Ann Prior were released from hospital following a shooting in Barbados

Philip and Ann Prior were released from hospital following a shooting in Barbados

Archant

A SUFFOLK couple who were shot and robbed while on the Caribbean island of Barbados have both been released from hospital, it has been confirmed.

Philip and Ann Prior, understood to be from Bedfield, near Framlingham, were returning to a cruise ship following a stopover in the capital, Bridgetown, when they were attacked.

Officials have confirmed they have now both left the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they received treatment.

Mr Prior, 72, was shot on his left side and his wife, 59, who was discharged on Tuesday, was hit in her right thigh.

The Royal Barbados Police Force have now charged two suspects for the offence and they have appeared in court.

Richard Sealy, minister of tourism and international transport, Barbados, said the authorities were continuing to work together to support Mr and Mrs Prior.

“On behalf of the people of Barbados we are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Prior,” he said. “Our absolute priority is the safety of our community and visitors to our island.

“Barbados is a friendly and welcoming country with more than 250,000 British tourists each year, many of whom are repeat visitors.

“But, like every country in the world, some crimes will occur. Please let me reassure you that we take any incident very seriously indeed and the authorities are investigating this very thoroughly and looking to support the family at every step of the way.”

Mr and Mrs Prior, who are believed to have moved to Bedfield around three or four years ago, having previously lived in the Harleston area of south Norfolk, were on a three-month P&O cruise around the Caribbean and South America.

They were returning to the ship on Sunday afternoon when they were attacked and Mrs Prior had her handbag stolen.

0 comments

Three acts with Suffolk or Essex connections have made it through to the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

Could you open your home to one of these cats and dogs looking for new homes at the Blue Cross centre in Wherstead?

Inspired by tragic loss, heartfelt thanks or loved ones gone to soon - dozens of brave souls came together in appreciation of Suffolk’s largest hospital today.

The Stowmarket magician Matt Edwards is on Britain’s Got Talent sister show Britain’s Got More Talent tonight (May 27)

With the UK terror threat level being lowered to ‘severe’, Suffolk’s Chief Constable Gareth Wilson has reassured residents that policing will remain more highly visible for the coming weekend.

The mother of missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague, 23, has said as the days turn to months, it is difficult to remain positive.

The farmer who played a pivotal role in shaping and modernising the organisation behind next week’s Suffolk Show says he is very thankful for the support he has received.

Political campaigning is often unpredictable – and so it proved when we joined the Labour and Conservative teams fighting the marginal seat of Ipswich on Saturday morning.

The threat of a terrorist attack has been lowered by the government – meaning troops should no longer be patrolling the streets after Monday evening.

Police have found a 12-year-old boy from Felixstowe who had been missing since Friday evening – he was found shortly after officers issued a description in a bid to track him down and let his family know he was safe.

Most read

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24