Increased police patrols in Cromer after shock weekend of disruption and lockdowns
PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:51 21 August 2017
More police will be patrolling Cromer’s streets tonight after a weekend of disturbances which forced the town’s pubs and restaurants into lockdown.
The incidents began on Friday, August 18, and included anti-social behaviour and low-level disorder across the town at the end of its annual carnival.
Supt Malc Cooke, from Norfolk police, said: “We remain focused on engaging with the Cromer community and we will continue to investigate the policing incidents that have been reported to us over the weekend.
“Officers will have a visible presence in and around the streets of the town during Sunday evening with our aim of reassuring the local residents, business owners and visitors.”
Officers have been working with staff from North Norfolk District Council “to address a number of incidents reported”.
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Police were called to five incidents of theft, three from shops and two from local pubs on Friday, August 18.
They also received calls relating to the safety of a group of people standing in the middle of a road, however they had moved on before police arrived on the scene.
The Cromer Social Club also had a disturbance at around 11.30pm when a large group of people refused to leave when asked but once police arrived and asked them to leave they did comply.
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The disturbances continued on Saturday, with reports of shoplifting and low-level anti-social behaviour causing many of the pubs to close early at around 7pm.
Police attended a restaurant on Prince of Wales Road at around 7.15pm after reports of people taking drinks without paying but once they arrived on scene drinks were either paid for or returned.
Shortly after 8.50pm police were also called to a private bar at a caravan park where a large group had entered and refused to leave when asked to by the manager. Officers attended the scene and engaged with the group who then left.