‘Bungay mafia’ crackdown working, say council, as police praised
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A town has thanked police for increased efforts to stop crime after months of violence and anti-social behaviour.
Since November 2019, people living in Bungay have complained of an increase in crime, particularly that carried out by a gang dubbed the 'Bungay mafia'.
General election candidates said in December that the rise in crime showed Bungay was 'exposed' by a lack of police presence.
In February, MP Peter Aldous wrote to Suffolk Police calling for an end to 'slow and ineffective' responses to crimes in the town.
But a dedicated effort by Suffolk Constabulary has seen crime and anti-social behaviour decline, and Bungay's town council are thanking the police.
Town mayor Sue Collins said: 'I can see for myself the good work that the police are carrying out in and around Bungay.
'Already the various actions put in place seem to be paying off with anecdotal feedback indicating that there have been little or no recent incidents.
'The town council recognises the benefits of working closely with the local police and hope that this initiative continues so... Bungay remains a safe and friendly town with relatively low levels of crime.'
Police inspector Nick Aitken said 'it is very satisfying' to see the 'positive and proactive work that has taken place in recent weeks is starting to pay off'.
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'We will continue to engage with the local community to gather further information and intelligence regarding anti-social behaviour.
'While it is positive, we can assure you that we will not be resting on our laurels.'
Suffolk Constabulary said any residents with information related to offending or anti-social behaviour should contact the police on 101, or 999 where a more urgent response is required and a crime is in progress.
The police added anyone with concerns can contact community engagement officer Amy Yeldham at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively, meet her at the following events.
On March 17, from 10.30am to 11.30 am, PC Yeldham will be at the crime prevention and pop in event at Bungay Library.
There is a similar event in Beccles on March 20 at St Michael's Church from 10.00-11.00am.