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Norfolk police chief will hold special Cromer meeting after weekend of trouble

PUBLISHED: 13:34 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 22 August 2017

Norfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green will be talking to members of the public at a special meeting in Cromer.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green will be talking to members of the public at a special meeting in Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green said on Tuesday he wanted to see a thorough review into policing over the weekend at Cromer.

Cromer gets back on its feet after the problems caused by travellers at the weekend. An eviction notice on Runton Road car park sign. Picture : ANTONY KELLYCromer gets back on its feet after the problems caused by travellers at the weekend. An eviction notice on Runton Road car park sign. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Many businesses in the town and nearby Sheringham had to close on Saturday night and Sunday after a spate of crimes linked to a group of travellers.

Police said there were 37 incidents reported in Cromer over the weekend, including the rape of a teenage girl on Friday night. One man has been arrested as part of the rape investigation.

Amid anger in Cromer at a perceived lack of police officers, Norfolk Constabulary has started a review into what happened.

Mr Green, whose job is to hold the chief constable to account, said the Force’s review needed to look at everything from their preparation for the carnival weekend through to their response when things escalated.

“It has to be really comprehensive and in-depth,” he said. “It mustn’t excuse the travellers to the extent that they broke the law. Disorder is breaking the law. Bad things went on over the weekend and the police have to accept their responsibility to give the public reassurance.”

Mr Green said he would hold a special meeting at the start of September in Cromer, called a Police Accountability Forum, where the public can come and ask questions.

When asked about whether police had sufficient resources in the area over the weekend, he said the Force did have the capacity to increase numbers to different areas of Norfolk at short notice.

“We have a model which makes sure capacity is there to quickly upscale,” he said.

And he urged people to visit North Norfolk this weekend as normal.

“To me what is important is Cromer and North Norfolk have a really enjoyable weekend.”

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