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People living in Norwich street share crime worries after serious attack

PUBLISHED: 07:10 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:27 11 October 2018

The incident on King Street in Norwich. Photo: Lauren Cope

The incident on King Street in Norwich. Photo: Lauren Cope

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People living in a city centre street where a woman was seriously assaulted have said more needs to be done to stop problems with anti-social behaviour and crime.

St Peter Parmentergate churchyard, just off King Street, was cordoned off on Wednesday morning after a woman was slashed across the neck, police said.

She was taken to hospital, while two people were later detained in connection with the incident.

Just a stone’s throw from the city centre and Norwich’s clubland, King Street is a known area for anti-social behaviour and street drinking.

Doug and Lou Russell, who live nearby, said problems in and around the street were frequent.

Referring to a separate incident, Mr Russell said: “The behaviour around here is quite anti-social. I was walking down here and a man came up to me with his fists up and said he was going to kill me.

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“I had to run away. The problems are not sporadic, they are ongoing.”

They said problems worsened towards the weekend, and often appeared to involve drugs.

A member of the King Street Residents Association, said the road had suffered from anti-social behaviour problems for at least a decade.

“It’s worse on a Friday or Saturday night,” she said, “and the churchyard is a known area for drug activity. The problem is that Prince of Wales Road is the focus for policing.

“They tell us to keep reporting what happens so it’s flagged up, so we do report it all the time, but the problems are still here.”

A spokesperson for Norfolk police said: “We understand the impact drug-related anti-social behaviour can have on communities. We will continue to work with residents and ask that they continue to report crime and share information and intelligence with us.

“This issue cannot be tackled by the police alone but instead in collaboration with partner agencies and the communities.

“I would urge anyone who has concerns about illegal drug activity in their neighbourhood or information about criminality to contact us on 101.”

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