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No arrests made in Cromer after weekend of thefts and disruptions

PUBLISHED: 13:26 20 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 21 August 2017

Cromer on Sunday, after the weekend's disturbances. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Cromer on Sunday, after the weekend's disturbances. Picture: Ally McGilvray

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Police have said that no arrests have been made following widespread reports of anti-social behaviour and low-level disorder in Cromer this weekend.

There has been a high visibility police presence in Cromer and Sheringham, including here at Runton Road car park. Picture: Ally McGilvray There has been a high visibility police presence in Cromer and Sheringham, including here at Runton Road car park. Picture: Ally McGilvray

The disturbances began on Friday, August 18, when police were called to five incidents of theft, three from shops and two from local pubs. They also received calls relating to 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.

Superintendent Malcolm Cooke said: “We are experienced in policing high season demand, normally seen in the county at this time of year. There will always be incidents where the police can engage with the local community and visitors to ensure a safe environment for all.

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“Yesterday, police identified a slight increase of low-level anti-social behaviour and reports of crimes in the area so have pro-actively adjusted our resourcing levels in order to deal with this. We will continue to have a police presence in the area today to provide reassurance to local residents, businesses and holiday makers.

“We acknowledge there have been a number of incidents in Cromer over the weekend which will understandably cause concern. However, I can assure residents these incidents have been dealt with appropriately and are of a nature routinely dealt with in towns such as Cromer on a busy August weekend.”

Anyone with concerns about the incidents can contact the police on 101.

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