Mystery remains over town 'buzz'

MYSTERY humming which is blighting a Suffolk town has prompted debate across the world - but there is still no clue where it is coming from.

Dave Gooderham

MYSTERY humming which is blighting a Suffolk town has prompted debate across the world - but there is still no clue where it is coming from.

The late-night buzzing sound in Sudbury has been keeping residents awake for around two months and has baffled council investigators.

Possible sources are being put forward by residents and suggestions have even come from as far people living in America and Australia hooked on solving the mystery.


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Sound nuisance officers at Babergh yesterday admitted they had called a halt to their investigations after visiting the Springlands area of the town but finding only silence.

But locals insist that it has not stopped and the town's rumour mill is working overtime as the hum grabs national headlines.

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Sue Brotherwood, clerk to Sudbury Town Council, said: “It has certainly got everyone talking and it is nice that it has put the town on the map.

“It is not nice for the people who can't sleep but for everyone else it is like a treasure hunt or a whodunnit? A lot of people are very inquisitive about what has caused it.

“The rumours include a spaceship and electricity pylons while we even had one woman suggest the noise was similar to the one made by insects when she was holidaying in Malta.

“Another man living in Minneapolis emailed and said it sounded like it could be air conditioning. The general consensus is that it is something industrial.”

Community warden Bradley Smith, of Essex Avenue, was of the first to notice the noise. He said: “I had my suspicions but now other people in the town have noticed it, I am completely thrown. I just hope we can locate the noise as soon as possible and the council can do something as it is getting annoying.”

A spokesman for Babergh District Council said officers had visited the town during the evening but had heard nothing untoward.

He said: “We have received no complaints so we cannot pursue it any further. We have asked the community warden and others to be more precise about the possible location.

“If we can establish where it is coming from, we will investigate again and take appropriate action if we deem it as a statutory nuisance.”

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