‘There’s noise, urinating in the yard’: Norwich’s King Street residents ask police for help as area is hit by nightclub overspill

King Street, Norwich. Photo: Geraldine Scott

King Street, Norwich. Photo: Geraldine Scott - Credit: Geraldine Scott

'Don't forget us' - that was the message to police and councillors from worried residents in Norwich's King Street area.

A host of problems were raised at a meeting to discuss antisocial behaviour - with locals saying their lives were blighted by overspill from the city's night-time economy.

The meeting at Wensum Lodge was organised by the King Street Neighbours community group and members urged representatives from the police, Norwich City Council, Cotman Housing Association and The Waterfront to focus more attention on the area.

One resident said: 'I've lived here for 12 years and I don't think I've slept through the night on any Friday or Saturday night. There's noise, urinating in the yard, having noisy sex. Lots of other people can't put up with it and move.'

The concern was that while Norwich's night life was largely contained to Prince of Wales Road, other areas were not as well policed, and anti-social behaviour around King Street was on the rise.

There had also been issues with drugs, with houses being taken over in a practice called 'cuckooing' - where drug dealers force themselves into the homes of vulnerable people, to use as a base.

Another resident, who lives on King Street, added: 'Encouraging the night-time economy and handing out more and more licences - and at the same time building more and more homes - doesn't make sense. They don't mix.'

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One 14-year-old resident added: 'I'm quite scared to bring my friends home to sleep over or stay. There's broken glass bottles, used condoms.'

Police liaison officer PC Adam Binns said he did not think policing bosses knew of the problems in King Street.

'I think we need to be less reactive and more proactive to reduce crime,' he said.

Green Party city councillor Ben Price, who represents the area, said: 'Why isn't the situation being monitored better - both by the police and by the council? Why are licences always granted but never revoked?'

Susan Steward, secretary of the community group, said the main message was any anti-social behaviour needed to be reported on 101, so evidence could be built.

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