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Violence on the increase in Stowmarket

PUBLISHED: 11:43 16 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:12 03 March 2010

A SENIOR Stowmarket police officer has revealed that violence is on the increase.

Inspector Jon Brighton, mid Suffolk sector commander, has revealed the latest crime figures for Stowmarket during a town council meeting, covering April to November in the market town.

A SENIOR Stowmarket police officer has revealed that violence is on the increase.

Inspector Jon Brighton, mid Suffolk sector commander, has revealed the latest crime figures for Stowmarket during a town council meeting, covering April to November in the market town.

The figures show assaults have jumped from 80 to 95 from the same period last year, although the incidents in the town centre Ipswich Street area are unchanged.

Inspector Brighton has also revealed that there have been no arrests for possession of heroine, crack cocaine or cocaine during the last eight months, although possession of ecstasy and cannabis have triggered arrests.

Car thefts had risen from eight to 11 during the eight months, but there has been no change in the number of house burglaries and the constabulary has seen a fall in thefts from cars and criminal damage.

Inspector Brighton said he was pleased to see significant drops in many types of crime in the town.

He said: "Assaults have slightly increased, but there is no indication of street violence in Ipswich Street. There has been an increase in assaults on police, which is probably because we are policing at night-time outside the clubs and fast food shops when they are busy to prevent major disorder.

"I am pleased we do not appear to have a significant class A drugs problem in the town, I certainly would not want to see those drugs in Stowmarket.''

Town mayor Keith Scarff said: "With the exception of assault the trend is mainly downwards. It is worrying that assaults are on the increase."

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