They tried to make me go to Suffolk...

SUFFOLK could be set for a new star attraction after it emerged troubled songstress Amy Winehouse is flat-hunting in a Suffolk town.

SUFFOLK could be set for a new star attraction after it emerged troubled songstress Amy Winehouse is flat-hunting in a Suffolk town.

It is understood the pop diva is looking for a new pad in Bury St Edmunds to be near jailed hubby Blake Fielder-Civil, who is set to be transferred to an open prison in the county.

Amy, 24, is said to be keen to rent a flat near the west Suffolk town so she can visit him more often during the last three-and-a-half months of his 27-month sentence for GBH.

Fielder-Civil, 26, is currently behind bars in North London's Pentonville prison but is thought to be in line for a transfer to Edmunds Hill prison which is based in Stradishall, between Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill.

A source told one national newspaper: “Prison staff are genuinely worried for Blake and Amy's management are happy because they feel she needs to move out of town.”

A spokesman for GD Estates, a Bury St Edmunds lettings agent, said there are a number of developments in the town that could suit the needs of Ms Winehouse.

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He said: “A studio flat would serve the purpose of sticking your head down for a couple of nights while visiting.

“There are lots of little modern flats in the town which are low maintenance.

“Flats at Peach Maltings or The Forum could be suitable.”

Ms Winehouse, who lives in Camden, London, would need to fork out between £450 and £550 a month for a studio flat in the town while a one or two-bedroom flat could run past the £700 mark.

Meanwhile, Bury's deputy mayor, Margaret Charlesworth welcomed Ms Winehouse to Suffolk.

She said: “If she were to come here to be near a loved one she would be just like other celebrities who call Suffolk home.”

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