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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 Suffolk seaside town has defied national trends to see property prices soar – retaining its position among the top three priciest coastal locations.

Police investigating the death of a man found stabbed in Chelmsford this morning say initial enquiries indicate it was a ‘targeted, drugs-related incident’.

Firefighters tackled a blaze in Clacton-on-Sea this afternoon where a shed fire had spread to a neighbouring bungalow.

Suffolk police have issued a renewed appeal for witnesses after man in his 20s was stabbed in Ipswich.

A Suffolk care farm and animal shelter is just a few days from being left homeless after failing to find a new site.

A 36-year-old man from Ipswich has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after being convicted of an attempted rape and three sexual assaults.

A missing 23-year-old man from Colchester who was reported missing by his family on Monday has been found.

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