Police chief keen to address Cromer concerns
Norfolk’s most senior police officer acknowledges that communities in Cromer feel let down by the police response to incidents of disorder at the weekend.
After visiting the town yesterday, Chief Constable Simon Bailey said he has listened to the concerns raised by the community and is under no illusion about the anger, frustration and fear felt by residents, business leaders and visitors.
It follows incidents of anti-social behaviour and disorder in the town over the weekend beginning on Friday.
Mr Bailey said: "Since the incidents in Cromer, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with local people and police officers and yesterday afternoon I went to a surgery and will be attending other events later today and tomorrow.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the people of Cromer feel, angry and frustrated, let down, and fearful. They have told me that they feel angry and frustrated that their concerns were not taken seriously; let down by our response, had feared for their safety and they are frightened it could happen again.
"I want to take this opportunity to address those concerns and reassure the community that I am listening and will continue to listen and a review into our response is already underway. While I do not want to pre-empt the outcome of our investigation, I am sure that there will be lessons we can learn moving forward. We will of course be working closely with our partners, including the local council, and will be taking part in a public meeting planned for early September where further concerns can be addressed.”
Police will be stepping up patrols in Cromer this weekend to provide reassurance to business owners, residents and visitors ahead of the busy Bank Holiday.
Mr Bailey said: "I know this one of the busiest weekends for Cromer and I want to reassure the public that there will be additional officers on duty over the course of the weekend to ensure everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time.”
Officers are continuing to investigate a number of crimes from the weekend and have appealed to anyone with evidence such as CCTV, still images or video footage, to come forward.
20 August 2017 | 18:43
Police will maintain an increased patrol presence in Cromer for the rest of today, Sunday 20 August 2017, after officers have been working with district council colleagues to address a number of incidents reported.
Superintendent Malc Cooke said: "We remain focused on engaging with the Cromer community and we will continue to investigate the policing incidents that have been reported to us over the weekend.
"Officers will have a visible presence in and around the streets of the town during Sunday evening with our aim of reassuring the local residents, business owners and visitors.”
Police patrols continue in Cromer - 20 August 2017 I 12.30
Increased police patrols will continue in Cromer today in response to reports of anti-social behaviour and low-level disorder over the weekend.
Police were called on Friday (18 August) in relation to five incidents of theft, three from shops and two from local pubs where drinks were taken and not paid for. Neither pub wished to take the matter forward, enquiries are ongoing in relation to two thefts and a suspect identified in a third incident was spoken to and no further action will be taken.
Officers also received calls relating to the concern for safety of a group of people standing in the middle of a road however the group had gone by the time police arrived.
At about 11.30pm police were called to Cromer Social Club following reports a large group had attended and refused to leave when asked, however police attended asked the same and the group left the club.
During the day on Saturday, police received some reports of shoplifting, low-level anti-social behaviour in the Cromer area. At about 5pm officers were called to a pub after a large group of people refused to leave. Officers attended and engaged with the group who then left the premises. Police were made aware that other pubs in the area made the decision to close at around 7pm.
Two other incidents were reported last night, of note.
Officers were called at about 7.15pm after reports people had taken drinks from a restaurant on Prince of Wales Road without paying. Police attended and drinks were either paid for or returned.
Shortly after 8.50pm police were called to a private bar at a caravan park following reports a large group had entered and again refused to leave when asked by the manager. Officers again attended the scene and engaged with the group who then left..
Superintendent Malcolm Cooke said: “We are experienced in policing high season demand, normally seen in the county at this time of year. There will always be incidents where the police can engage with the local community and visitors to ensure a safe environment for all. Yesterday, police identified a slight increase of low-level anti-social behaviour and reports of crimes in the area so have pro-actively adjusted our resourcing levels in order to deal with this.
We will continue to have a police presence in the area today to provide reassurance to local residents, businesses and holiday makers.
“Local businesses were made aware of a small number of incidents dealt with by officers but no official police direction was given that businesses should close. Any decisions to close would be down to local businesses.
“We acknowledge there have been a number of incidents in Cromer over the weekend which will understandably cause concern. However, I can assure residents these incidents have been dealt with appropriately and are of a nature routinely dealt with in towns such as Cromer on a busy August weekend.
“Should you have any ongoing concerns about incidents you’ve experienced, please contact us on 101.”
Note to editors:
The rape reported in Cromer on Friday night is not being linked to these incidents
We can confirm no arrests have been made