Haverhill Echo 25 years ago

Echo: September 27, 1990

CONVICT GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE

Convicted armed robber David McAllister, from Haverhill, went on hunger strike in prison because the authorities had made it very difficult for him to see his son.

McAllister, who was seven years into a 27-year sentence, had seen his son for the first time in seven years when he visited him in Leicester Prison.

But just one week later he was moved to Durham Prison, making it impossible for his son to travel up north and back in one day to see him and leading to McAllister going on hunger strike.

TRAFFIC SCHEME BLITZ

Dozens of motorists were caught breaking the law during the first week of a crackdown by police on drivers flouting the new pedestrianisation laws in the centre of Haverhill.

In just two days, between 50 and 60 motorists were stopped and given £16 fixed penalty tickets for driving along Queen Street or High Street between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

Only delivery drivers or those with disability badges were allowed in the streets inside those hours.