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Owner of Cromer restaurant targeted by travellers hits out at police over disorder

PUBLISHED: 20:03 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:25 22 August 2017

Nashim Uddin and his wife Ayrun Nessa-Uddin who own Masala Twist restaurant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Nashim Uddin and his wife Ayrun Nessa-Uddin who own Masala Twist restaurant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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The owner of an Indian restaurant in Cromer who had to force a large group of travellers out of his business on Saturday night has accused the police of looking on while his family had to deal with dozens of people stealing drinks.

Cromer gets back on its feet after the problems caused by travellers at the weekend. Masala Twist restaurant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Cromer gets back on its feet after the problems caused by travellers at the weekend. Masala Twist restaurant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Owner Nashim Uddin said a crowd of around 40 travellers joined a small group which was already in the Masala Twist on Prince of Wales Road.

But when he tried to get them to leave for disturbing other customers they started taking drinks.

He said, along with his nephew Jamil Ahmed and wife Ayrun Nessa-Uddin, they began pushing them out and trying to get the drinks back off them while police stood back and watched.

“Police could have done a lot more,” he said. “It is not good enough.”

His wife had her arm slammed in the door during the disorder.

Her arm is bruised and swollen and she said she had been unable to sleep properly since Saturday night.

Waiter Jamil Ahmed said: “There were three police cars parked outside at a nearby car park. I ran over and asked them to come over and help.

“When they came over, about five or six of them, they came into the restaurant and asked me to point out who ordered the drink initially.

“I walked through a lot of them pointing out who, only to turn around and find that they are stood in a corner and they didn’t have my back.

“Later on the police did get £15 from them and handed to my aunt but that wasn’t enough to cover what had been stolen.

“You can’t blame the police though I guess, they were heavily outnumbered. I asked them where all the back up is and they said this is the entire Norfolk police that is coming.

“I could hear the dog barking and I asked can’t you bring the dog out but they said they are outnumbered and if it kicks off the dog will get injured. I was really angry at this point.”

The restaurant was one of the few places still open on Saturday night in Cromer with other businesses deciding to shut early.

But Mr Uddin said: “I wouldn’t let people like that intimidate me to closing.”

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean visited the restaurant on Monday to find out what happened.

“In general the owner is very supportive of police,” he said. “We just need to review how we dealt with that incident.”

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb also visited the restaurant. He has written a letter to the chief constable Simon Bailey about the police response and met with DCC Dean on Monday.

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