UK RIOT LATEST: A quiet night for Norfolk

Norfolk Police have reported that it has been a quiet evening across the county.

A high visibility presence was continued throughout the day, with the police keen to discourage the type of scenes that had been seen elsewhere.

Across the country the rioting that had been seen in previous nights did not take place.

Instead the developments were police forces releasing CCTV images of wanted men, while Westminster Magistrates' Court deal with cases throughout the night.

Earlier in the evening, Norfolk Police used social networking site Twitter to thank those passing on useful information

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Previously, assistant chief constable Charlie Hall had criticised those who had been using Twitter and Facebook to post 'fictitious and malicious rumours' that civil unrest had spread to the county's streets.

Mr Hall had also urged shopkeepers to adopt a 'business as usual' approach after some shops shut early yesterday.

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Norfolk police stepped up patrols around the county yesterday and has pledged the high visibility approach will continue today.

While violence spread to places such as Manchester, Gloucester, Nottingham and Birmingham last night, there were no incidents in Norfolk.

Specialist police officers from Norfolk are still providing support to the Metropolitan Police in response to the civil unrest in London and other parts of the country.

But Mr Hall said the force has kept in place extra resources to ensure that they can deal with any local issues and to reassure communities.

Paul Ridgway, chairman of the Norfolk Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, has been helping look after the interests of officers sent to London as part of the operation to control the riots.

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