‘Sickening’ vandal attack on Cromer’s storm-battered pier box office

Cromer Pier box office windows smashed.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Cromer Pier box office windows smashed. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
12:14 PM

Cromer Pier’s storm-damaged box office has taken another battering - this time from New Year’s Eve vandals.

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All set for Cromer Pier fireworks

Crowds are beginning to gather in Cromer ready for this evening’s firework display from the pier at 5pm.

The pier is closed today while Clive Casburn and his team, from Premiere Fireworks, rig up some 500 fireworks worth more than £6,000 ready for the annual display which will end with a poppy-themed tribute to this year’s centenary of the outbreak of world war one.

Shops and cafes in the resort are welcoming visitors ahead of the event. Entries for a one mile fun run from the pier forecourt are invited. All ages can take part and registration is from 2.30pm with the run starting at 3pm.

Overnight one window was smashed and another badly cracked at the pier pavilion theatre box office, which has been closed since the storm surge of December 5.

Andy Roberts, duty manager for the pier, said the culprits had heaved a boulder from the beach through one of the bow-fronted window panes and it had come to rest on the box office counter inside.

They had also hurled another rock over the safety fencing, which has surrounded the building since the storm, cracking but not breaking another pane.

Mr Roberts said the windows had been intact yesterday evening when he left the pier at about 6.15pm but he had discovered the damage this morning.

“We’re absolutely sickened. The mentality of some people who do this when we’re working so hard to get the pier up and running again is unbelievable,” he added.

North Norfolk District Council officers had arrived promptly to board up the damage.

Mr Roberts said he had reported the attack to the police who had said they would carry out a forensic inspection. It is not known whether the incident was captured on CCTV.

A temporary box office has been operating from the pier pavilion theatre since the storm which badly damaged the pier and box office which is at the landward end of the structure.

The sea came through the box office floor during the storm and it lifted a wall of the neighbouring Footprints gift shop six inches up and eight inches inward, demolishing an internal wall separating the shop from the box office. The box-office door was also damaged in the storm.

Anyone with information on the vandal attack should contact Cromer police on 101.

17 comments

  • If I may, a piece of advice for 'Miss'. Don't ever move to Norwich, Theford or Yarmouth, you'll never survive the undesirables.

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • 'People of lower intellect'! Sorry Bruceybaby, we will all try harder to meet your exacting educational standards. Lol.

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    backwoodsman

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Miss, if you dislike Cromer so much then.......move back to Manchester, no doubt you'll feel safer and more at home. Lol !

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Have you seen the unsavoury characters lurching around the town? It's no wonder things like this happen. Cromer has been described as 'deprived' and the evidence is tangible.

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    backwoodsman

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • You clearly don't venture out of the 'woods' very often if you think Cromer is a 'deprived' area, lol.

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    Bruce87

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Spend the money on extra bobbies on the beat - and cut out the middle man.

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    Bruce87

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Jeff, I think you may have stumbled on the answer! I bet small, well equipped cadres of CCTV salesmen are at this moment planning their next act of vandalism, and then will lobby various councillors to fight for the cameras to be restored! I might even venture into Cromer(provided it's daylight, and there are no footpads about) to see the grand unveiling of the shiny new camera systems. There will be a brass band and the Dagenham girl pipers, and a rotund civic worthy will smile at the masses and proclaim 'We, the servants, have listened to the people, and you may now walk safely through the mean streets of Cromer!!' There will be a smattering of applause, and council tax will rise by 10%.

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    backwoodsman

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Cromer does have a lot of tourists, but where do the majority of them come from? Grim towns and cities of the industrial midlands and the North. Which indicates that Cromer is a better bet for a holiday than those places, but does not mean that Cromer is necessarily a lovely town. Just look at the urchins knocking about town from the numerous hostels and dodgy estates.

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    backwoodsman

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Miss I'm sorry that comments here other than yours, are from people of lower intellect than you. Forgive me that I am only able to read the news stories with pictures such as that showing a broken window. My intellect doesn't allow me to read the longer press reports of the multiple muggings in Cromer and even worse the many horrendous stabbings that have taken place in Cromer. But wait, is that because only the broken windows stories are reported and the multiple muggings and stabbings are not reported for some reason? Despite my intellect failings I did once manage to scrimp and save and buy a ticket to Disneyland, oddly enough whilst there I did not witness a broken window, mugging or stabbing.

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    Bruce87

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Cromer isn't a very desirable place to live. It's not the sort of town you would want to walk through alone late at night.

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    Miss

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Wow Miss, way to make judgemental and completely wrong assumptions about someone you don't know on the internet. I am as you put it in my 'younger years', and therefore I do see and hear stories of goings on, especially in areas with a bad rep. I agree Cromer has much room for improvement, particularly in providing opportunities for young people. Backwoods man, if you read my comment you'll see I did not say it was a lovely town, I commented on lovely walks. FYI - google search returns only 2 hostels in Cromer for those in need. I'm now off to watch Eastenders and tuck myself in, as that's what under 25s typically do right? ;)

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    KC

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I was born in Norfolk and have lived in Norfolk over 29 years, 18 years in Cromer, a few more close by and with the extra couple of years living in Manchester (there is a big wide world out there!) And I am sure as long as you are home nice and early you do feel safe. I know of many muggings, break ins, horrendous fights and stabbings, I witness many fights from my own living room window alone. Just because you live here, doesn't mean you see it all. It's a shame because it's such a beautiful town with many wonderful people in and tremendous potential. But if someone is not in their younger years you may not get to see what goes on, after Eastenders is on anyway. Don't be so nieve to what happens in this popular sea side place. But honey, I cope just fine thank you for your kind concern. And telling me to move back.....just shows the lower end of the intellect I live near. I love Cromer, but I can see and have experienced reality. All places have their problems, even Disney Land.

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    Miss

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Miss, clearly the thousands of tourists who repeatedly come here every summer must disagree with you. And after 18 yrs of living here I must say I am sick of the low crime rates I've experienced, clean streets, the lovely walks along the beach and fresh breeze. Just terrible, I don't know how I cope.

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    KC

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Bruce87, after living in the 'roughest' parts of Manchester I am sure I warrant an opinion. Cromer is full of chavs and druggies. Open your eyes or at least take off the rose tinted glasses.

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    Miss

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Bruce87, after living in the 'roughest' parts of Manchester I am sure I warrant an opinion. Cromer is full of chavs and druggies. Open your eyes or at least take off the rose tinted glasses.

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    Miss

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • The vandals will probably sleep well knowing North Norfolk District Council is disregarding the CCTV system in Cromer.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • backwoodsman, I think your conspiracy theory is ridiculous. It's obviously aliens doing it. Or the Illuminati. Or... Duke of Edinburgh along with MI6. Couldn't possibly be just vandals, could it? The truth is out there if you look for it! Forget Occam's Razor (look it up) and all it's obvious... Oh, hang on... I'm sobering up now from New Year's Eve now...

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    lockers

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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