Norfolk police inspector slams Jeremy Kyle’s verdict on Prince of Wales Road
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After a visit to Prince of Wales Road in Norwich Jeremy Kyle claimed that some of the scenes were 'unbelievable' - but a police inspector has said some of his claims could not be further from the truth.
The straight-talking television presenter spent Saturday night filming a documentary and by the end of his visit to the party strip he said he could not believe a night out in the city could 'turn so sour for some'.
But in response to his comments Insp Ed Brown, of the Norfolk police licensing team, stated that the problems he saw are not unique to Norwich.
'The story of Jeremy Kyle's show is going to be that Norwich is dangerous and out of control and nothing could be further from the truth.
'What he would have seen in Norwich on Saturday night happens week in, week out in towns and cities across the country... What is unique to Norwich is what we are doing, along with other emergency services and partners, to combat it and I hope that is what the show portrays.'
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Mr Kyle was assessing what life was really like for Prince of Wales Road revellers, and those called upon to keep them safe for his ITV show The Kyle Files.
The 51-year-old spent time with paramedics, the SOS bus and other emergency services – and he while he was impressed by their good work, he was concerned by the state of the people they help.
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'I have to say the paramedics and the people behind the SOS bus and other emergency services were all amazing,' he said. 'But what they have to deal with at times is shameful. I saw people being arrested for violence, people collapsed in their own vomit and for a time it was pretty chaotic down there.
'I never would have thought a night out in Norwich could be so raucous, or turn so sour for some.'
The Kyle Files first aired in 2015, with Kyle investigating high-profile issues that impact on people's lives.
Previous subjects have included binge drinking in Magaluf, gun crime and drug abuse.
Last year Norwich was named as the fourth most dangerous drinking spot in England due to the number of drinkers seeking hospital treatment after a night out.
An ITV source said Kyle wanted see for himself how much truth was behind the headlines.
Mr Kyle added: 'I've got some good friends in Norwich and I've always been amazed by just how nice and gentle and beautiful the city is.
'But it's fair to say that Saturday night down the Prince of Wales Road was my first, probably my last too – some of what I saw down there was unbelievable!'