Former Compasses pub in Snettisham, where a murder took place five years ago, could become Co-op food store

PUBLISHED: 06:46 02 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:42 02 March 2015

The Compasses, Snettisham. Picture: Ian Burt

The Compasses, Snettisham. Picture: Ian Burt


A boarded-up west Norfolk pub with a dark past could be turned into a Co-op food store and offices.

The Compasses at Snettisham was closed following the murder of landlady Becky Thorpe nearly five years ago.

Miss Thorpe’s partner, landlord Michael Tucker is serving a minimum term of 22 years behind bars for murdering the 28-year-old on March 9, 2010.

Tucker was convicted of shooting Miss Thorpe, a former Downham Market dental nurse, at the pub and hiding her body in a freezer outside.

Co-op Group Food has submitted a change of use planning application and is also seeking listed building consent to demolish part of the building in Lynn Road.

The proposals include ten parking spaces for the shop and a further four for the offices.

A spokesman for The Co-operative Food said: “The Co-operative does hope to serve the Snettisham community. There are plans to rejuvenate the former Compasses Inn site and, we are working with the developer to open a small convenience store on the ground floor. The new store would have a focus on fresh, healthy food and essentials and, dedicated car parking spaces. It would create up to 20 new full and part-time jobs and, as a community retailer, play an active part in local life. We hope that the new store could be serving the community by next spring, subject to planning consent and approval.”

Previous plans for the site, including homes, offices and a shop, have not come to fruition.

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