'It's changing my image of my home town' - neighbours react to stabbing

Police at the scene of the double stabbing in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday morning

Police at the scene of the double stabbing in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday morning - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Yesterday's double stabbing has put Bury St Edmunds' "reputation" as a "jewel in the crown of Suffolk" at risk, according to one resident of the town.

Neighbours in the cathedral town have spoken of their shock after a man died and a woman was left in a critical condition after the attack.

Police were called to reports of a stabbing at Harland Court, off Station Hill, at about 3pm on Tuesday.

A 40-year-old man died at the scene shortly after and a woman, also in her 40s, is in hospital in a critical but stable condition. 

Double stabbing at Harland cout in Bury St Edmunds PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Harland Court was the site of a double stabbing in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday, April 26 - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Police arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of murder in the vicinity of St John’s Street and he remains in custody.

A man working in the area at the time said: "I saw the helicopter land yesterday at about three, it was obscured by the tree line from where I was but it must have landed really close by."

The flats at Harland Court are part of a recent surge in property construction in the Station Hill area and were built on the site of the now-demolished Club Brazilia nightclub. 

Double stabbing at Harland cout in Bury St Edmunds PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

A police cordon remained in place on April 27 following the fatal stabbing - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Isabella Miller, who lives close to where the incident happened, said: "I definitely feel a bit more conscious of my surroundings, especially considering I have to walk past the train station and that area where such a horrific crime took place. 

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"That seems to be a hot spot for crime in Bury just based off of history, so it’s making me question the safety of a town that I thought was really safe. 

"It’s just weird to me because Bury always comes across as a very peaceful place, I think. That’s definitely how it’s advertised – as a jewel in the crown of Suffolk. 

Double stabbing at Harland cout in Bury St Edmunds PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Harland Court is part of a recent surge in property construction in the area - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"It’s changing my image of my home town. 

"I think Bury is a beautiful place and I love it here, but the news that we’re hearing at the minute doesn’t help with maintaining that reputation."

Another resident who lives opposite Harland Court said: "I was not aware.

"We had a shooting in the next block to me years ago, but as a resident, it is concerning that these crimes are happening".

In August 2015, a man suffered a serious gunshot wound at his flat in Forum Court in Station Hill.

Double stabbing at Harland cout in Bury St Edmunds PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Double stabbing at Harland cout in Bury St Edmunds PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond