Framlingham: Olympic flag tribute wrecked by thefts and damage

A SUFFOLK town’s attempts at celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Games are at risk of being wrecked by thieves and vandals.

In the last two weeks, more than 30 flags and flagpoles have been reported either damaged or stolen in Framlingham. On Wednesday night alone, seven poles were pulled down and broken.

It comes little more than a year after vandals tried to spoil the town’s celebrations for the Royal wedding by damaging a display and stealing a Union Flag.

Dozens of flags had been put up around the town centre to mark the Queen’s Jubilee and the London 2012 Games, along with hundreds of metres of bunting.

Bill Bulstrode, chair of the Framlingham Business Association, said: “We are leaving the flagpoles and bunting up to celebrate the Paralympics and have had numerous comments from visitors to the town saying how wonderful it looks.

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“Sadly we have had another five poles broken and pulled down with already having lost at least 22 over the past couple of weeks.

“It is particularly sad as we have had numerous visitors to the town express how fantastic it looks and it should be a celebration of the Paralympics.”

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Framlingham held its own Olympic Flag Parade on the day of the opening ceremony, featuring every nation competing at the Games.

The bustling procession featured a number of torchbearers who had carried the flame when it passed through the region.

Police are investigating the reports of theft and damage to the flags and flagpoles in recent weeks and may use CCTV footage in an effort to identify those responsible.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact Saxmundham and Framlingham Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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