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Ipswich: Paul Mason looking ahead to the future

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 January 2013

Paul Mason. PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPY

Paul Mason. PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPY

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AN Ipswich man once dubbed the world’s fattest says he is looking forward to a normal life after shedding 46 stone.

Former postman Paul Mason weighed in at 70 stone before a gastric bypass in 2010 to reduce the size of his stomach.

He now weighs 24 stone but says he needs further surgery, costing up to £37,000, to remove folds of loose skin.

The 51-year-old told the Sun: “I was ashamed to be called the fattest man in the world because I knew I’d got myself in a hell of a state.

“Now I guess I could well be the biggest slimmer in the world, but I still have a way to go.

“I want to get down to between 14 and 15 stone which is the healthy weight for someone who is 6ft 4in.”

Mr Mason has started his own jewellery business and is working towards a life where he can learn to drive, go on holiday and find someone to settle down with.

Firefighters removed the front wall of Mr Mason’s house and used a forklift to load him into an ambulance when he needed a hernia operation in 2002.

He believes he was eating 20,000 calories a day, nearly 10 times the recommended average.

The family of a missing Suffolk woman have “serious concerns” about her safety, police have said.

A formation of Lynx helicopters made a stop at Wattisham Flying Station today to mark the end of the aircraft’s distinguished 40-year career with the British Army.

A former head teacher from Saffron Walden who was found with “horrific” child abuse images has avoided jail.

A man from Bedfordshire has been arrested in connection with a ram-raid in Long Melford.

A man and a teenager from Stowmarket have been charged with robbery along with a series of other offences.

More than four thousand people have signed a petition launched by a concerned Mum, urging the county council to scrap a controversial consultation into cutting free school transport.

Ipswich Town Hall is preparing for its 150th birthday with a major celebration at the end of the month.

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