'Some of the most serious disruption we have ever had in Cromer' - county councillor urges people to attend string of meetings to air concerns with police
PUBLISHED: 21:52 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:56 21 August 2017
Former Cromer mayor Tim Adams has spoken of his anger at the weekend's events in Cromer, branding it "some of the most serious disruption we have ever had".
And he has urged people affected to make their concerns known to police at a string of meetings which have been organised this week.
Liberal Democrat town and county councillor Mr Adams, along with current town mayor John Frosdick and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, today attended a meeting with Norfolk police over the weekend’s problems.
With travellers having set up camp at Runton Road campsite, disturbances began on Friday night. Police were called to thefts from shops and pubs. They continued on Saturday, with many pubs closing early.
There were no arrests over those incidents, but police have subsequently arrested a man in connection with a rape on Friday night and are exploring whether that is linked with the weekend’s disorder.
Mr Adams, writing on Facebook, said: “I’m absolutely devastated and extremely angry that this has occurred at all.
“I welcome that Norfolk Constabulary will be reviewing their response to the issues, which have cumulatively amounted to some of the most serious disruption we have had in Cromer.
“The police will now be holding surgeries for local residents and business owners affected this week. I would urge those of you directly affected over the weekend to attend.”
Mr Adams said specific issues he had raised with police during his meeting were:
Intelligence sharing between neighbouring police forces in the lead up to the incidents;
Lack of intervention, particularly where groups were obviously breaching the Alcohol Control Zone;
Lack of police presence during Saturday day-time;
Prevention and resilience in future.
Mr Adams said: “We will meet again with the police after they have reviewed their response.
“Given the impact of these events, the police and local authorities must now work with businesses and the wider community to stop these events happening again.
“I look forward to those discussions starting as soon as possible.”
The police surgeries in Cromer will take place this week as follows:
Tomorrow (Tuesday) and Thursday: Merchants Court, Church Street from 5pm until 7pm tomorrow and from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday.
Wednesday and Friday: Cromer Parish Hall in Church Street from 3pm until 5pm.