March 11 2014 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Cromer Pier’s storm-damaged box office has taken another battering - this time from New Year’s Eve vandals.
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.