Rutland representatives at Melton Magistrates’ Court closure

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THE Magistrates’ Court at Melton Mowbray closed its doors for the final time on Thursday last week.

Various guests, past magistrates and court staff and other dignitaries and representatives attended a reception, after the final day’s sittings, to celebrate the building, which opened in 1878, and mark its closure.

Among them were the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and Oakham mayor Joyce Lucas.

Criminal cases will now go to Loughborough, with civil court matters going to Leicester.

Maggie Wilson JP, chairman of the Melton, Belvoir and Rutland bench of magistrates, said: “It’s a sad day but at the same time we have to put that behind us and look forward.”

The biennial crown court will be held at Oakham Castle on Thursday, July 28.

The High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson is asking as many people to turn out and support it as possible.

At about 10.45am there will be a horse and carriage procession along Church Street, High Street and Market Street.