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Sudbury: Author’s tale of Suffolk scandal

16:22 31 December 2012

Peter Thorogood with his new book.

Peter Thorogood with his new book.


AN AUTHOR claims he has unearthed the full story behind a scandal that rocked a Suffolk town over 100 years ago.

Manager of the Masonic Hall in Sudbury, Peter Thorogood, has written a book based on the tale of Henry Cronin Pratt, a bank manager in the town in the 1890s, who absconded with £17,000 worth of savings - more than £1m in modern terms.

What became of Henry Pratt has been a mystery but Mr Thorogood says his research has led him to believe he died a poor man in a New York tenement flat in 1922.

Using various historical sources, which Mr Thorogood researched over two years, the yarn- The Earl, The Rector and the Rogue - also reveals links to the notorious London Cleveland Street vice scandal of the time.

“It’s a true tale and a real Victorian melodrama,” he said.


Abnormal loads will be making their way along the roads of Suffolk over the next two weeks

Motorists in Suffolk are being warned to watch out for traffic delays as three abnormal loads slowly make their way long the county’s roads over the next two weeks.

The 352d Special Operations Wing held a memorial on June 20 to say goodbye to SSgt Hunter Davis of the 352 SOMXS who lost his life in a tragic vehicle accident June 7.

Sending a text while driving most likely caused the death of a Suffolk airman, who lost control of his car moments after using his phone, an inquest has heard.

Archant Suffolk have moved into their new
 offices at 120 Princes Street, Ipswich.

Archant’s new Suffolk headquarters opened for business this morning at the junction of Princes Street and Portman Road in Ipswich.

The cake was missing a few cherries and the squirrel has lost his nuts

My husband baked a cake. I was warned this could happen, writes Lynne Mortimer.

An East of England Ambulance Trust ambulance. Photograph Simon Parker

A motorcyclist has been injured after a collision with a car in Bury St Edmunds.

Police closed a Sudbury road after a car collided with a utility pole

Dozens of homes are without power in Sudbury this afternoon after a car collided with a utility pole.

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