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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.

Four senior Suffolk County Council officers being paid six-figure salaries have seen their pay rise significantly over the last year – while other staff have had their earnings pegged by the government’s 1% pay cap.

A man who capsized off the coast of Felixstowe owes his life to his life jacket, quick thinking witnesses and the efforts of coastguard and the RNLI.

More than half of people’s first choice preferences for a new A120 route back a new junction with the A12 between Rivenhall and Kelvedon – though Essex County Council has said the final decision will not come down to a ‘popularity contest’.

Firefighters have returned to scene of a straw fire, which has re-ignited just outside a village near Stowmarket.

A couple from Clacton who failed to safeguard more than £40,000 worth of tenants’ deposits as part of their lettings agency business have narrowly avoided prison.

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