UK RIOTS LATEST: Norwich shops shut early as police take precautionary steps
PUBLISHED: 01:29 10 August 2011 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 August 2011
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Shops in one of Norwich’s most elegant shopping streets are to be forced to close early tonight following concerns about civil unrest in London.
Businesses in the Royal Arcade have been told gates at the complex will be closed early today following a message from landlords Legal and General.
It comes as police officers have taken to the streets of Norwich to provide “reassurance” to members of the public following a third consecutive night of trouble in London and in other parts of the country, including Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham.
John Fielding, managing director of Langleys Toymaster, in the Royal Arcade, said: “We were told to close early because the landlords have told the caretaker to the arcade to close the gates early. The landlords are based in London and I suppose if I was based in London I would be a bit more worried about the situation.
“However, this isn’t London and I think they’re being over cautious and over zealous.”
Jytte Spouncer, an assistant at The Tannery, a bag shop in the arcade, said: “We’ve been requested by the owners of the arcade to close early. It’s just a precaution.”
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