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What has led councillors to compare Framlingham to the “Wild West”?

PUBLISHED: 14:37 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:37 07 July 2017

Crimes in Framlingham have seen it likened to the Wild West. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Crimes in Framlingham have seen it likened to the Wild West. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

It is one of Suffolk’s picture perfect market towns and a regular feature in “best places to live” guides.

But a recent spate of crime in Framlingham has led to some less savoury descriptions.

Town councillor Stephanie Bennell said it was like the “Wild West” after hearing the latest crime figures for April, when 11 were recorded; including four under the category “violent and sexual offences”.

While the total is a far cry from the 5,419 in Westminster that month, it was up on the seven Framlingham had seen in April 2015.

Miss Bennell said: “It seems like the Wild West.

“That’s quite a lot of activity.”

Councillor Bob Roberts raised further concerns, saying he had seen a young man “screaming” after being bitten by a dog.

“I don’t want to be alarmist, but there seems to be a growing problem with dog attacks,” he said.

Council chairman James Tanner suggested councillors could raise their concerns with their Safer Neighbourhood Team.

A woman in her 30s was rushed to hospital after two men dressed in black hoodies threw a mystery liquid into her face during a “random” attack.

The family of Corrie McKeague will today be out on the streets of Bury St Edmunnds talking to members of the public to mark the year anniversary of his disappearance.

A teenager who had to be freed from the wreckage of a car by firefighters following a crash in Essex today is fighting for his life in hospital.

As the deadline for Stars of Suffolk nominations approaches, organiser Mick Parker is looking ahead to the “emotional and wonderful” annual ceremony that brings together the county’s unsung heroes for one night of celebration.

An 18-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Essex has been found safe.

The BurySOUND music competition is looking for up and coming bands to sign up for next year’s event - as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Last week I wrote about samphire on Suffolk’s only island, Havergate. It got me thinking about the abundance of free foods that can be foraged, particularly at this time of year, writes Sheena Grant.

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