Two men have been charged with shooting a Suffolk couple on holiday in the Caribbean island of Barbados.

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Ann Prior, 59, and her husband, Philip, 72 had been on a three-month P&O cruise around the Caribbean when they were shot during a land stop-off in Bridgetown at around 2pm last Sunday.

The couple, from Bedfield, near Framlingham, formerly of Needham, near Harleston in south Norfolk, were taken to hospital for treatment but are understood to have left the island now.

Police expect the two suspects to be brought before a court in the next 24 hours.

Their identity has not yet been revealed. Inspector David Welch, of Royal Barbados Police, said: “Two persons have been charged.

“One person was charged with serious bodily harm to two visitors. He has, in addition, been charged with another man, with the offence of robbery.”

Mr Prior was hit on his left side and his wife, whose handbag was stolen, was shot in her right thigh.

Passers-by tended their wounds, using towels as bandages, until an ambulance arrived to take them to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for emergency treatment.

The couple were on a three-month P&O cruise around the Caribbean and South America on board the Adonia, which left Southampton on January 8 and is due to arrive back in the UK on April 3.

Mr Prior and his wife are believed to have moved to Bedfield around three or four years ago, having previously lived in the Harleston area of south Norfolk where Mr Prior was involved with Needham Parish Council.

For more about the shooting and Mr and Mrs Prior, see the link at the top-right of this page.

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