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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.

Suffolk police is appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old was robbed and hit in the head with a baseball by men in balaclavas.

A teenager gunned a man down outside a petrol station over a comment that he “looked like the Milky Bar Kid”, and he is still on the run from police, a trial heard.

A world-renowned Suffolk harpist accused of taking the virginity of a schoolboy more than three decades ago told police the teenager had sexually assaulted her, a court has heard.

A Suffolk town which has faced 10 days of road closure “chaos” – has reacted with dismay to news of two more months of highways disruption.

A former solicitor who left the scene of a crash she caused while more than four times the drink-driving limit has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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