Councillor charged with fraud

POLICE investigating the sudden death of 46-year-old Ann North today cancelled the bail conditions of a 60-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

POLICE investigating the sudden death of 46-year-old Ann North today cancelled the bail conditions of a 60-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

But officers have charged Suffolk councillor Peter Wackett with four offences of obtaining money transfer by deception in relation to housing benefit and one of being in possession of a prohibited weapon.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds on February 25.

As the Evening Star revealed on January 18, police were questioning Mr Wackett after the body of his long-term partner was found at her Brandon home.

Mr Wackett, who serves on Forest Heath District Council, was held at Bury St Edmunds police station after detectives went to Rought Avenue , Brandon, on January 15.

The decision to cancel bail was made after police received a report from Home Office pathologist Dr Michael Heath.

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Investigations into Mrs North's death will continue on behalf of the coroner, and an inquest will be held in due course.

David Burnip, chief executive of Forest heath District Council declined to comment about Wackett's status as a councillor, saying the matter was in the hands of the police.

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