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Praise for Tamil community after annual pilgrimage at Walsingham

PUBLISHED: 12:26 14 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:26 14 July 2014

Supt Stuart Gunn.

Supt Stuart Gunn.

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A Norfolk police superintendant has praised the “impeccable” behaviour of those who attended the annual Tamil pilgrimage at Walsingham, near Fakenham, which went through without problems.

Around 8,000 members of the Tamil community took part in the event at the small Norfolk village yesterday.

Norfolk Constabulary officers, PCSOs and members of the Special Constabulary attended and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team has worked hard to ensure that this year’s pilgrimage was a safe event.

Officers worked with partner agencies to help provide an enjoyable gathering for all those attending and also the local community.

Supt Stuart Gunn said: “Norfolk Constabulary attended this family event to ensure the safety of the Tamil and local communities.

“The day went smoothly and was carried out with good spirit. Those attending were impeccable in their behaviour and a credit to their community. Many people took advantage of the good weather and visited the coast following the pilgrimage.

“This had been a carefully planned operation involving ourselves and a number of partner agencies and we are happy to report there were no incidents of note.”

“We would like to thank everyone who attended the event as well as the local community for their co-operation on the day.”

Three people were seriously injured with stab wounds after a fight broke out between two rival groups of Tamils on Wells beach in 2001.

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