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Police Chief makes public apology for Cromer troubles

Watch Simon Bailey's interview with Natalie Gray below

The Chief Constable of Norfolk Police has issued a public apology to the people of Cromer over the troubles the town were subjected to last month.

A public meeting took place last night for residents to quiz police officials over the way they responded to the recent violence and disorder in Cromer linked to a group of travellers.

Parts of the seaside town were in lock down as shops and pubs were forced to close during carnival week, one of their busiest times of the year.

"I feel very sorry for the way the community feel they've been let down. I feel very sorry for the way the community feel were abandoned by us at their time of need, that's a very difficult message to take."

– Simon Bailey, Chief Constable

Mr Bailey also admitted the events had left him feeling upset of the possible damage done to community relations:

"It's bitterly disappointing where a community the size of Cromer has lost confidence in me as an individual and probably lost confidence in the organisation. It is not easy. I've now got to start the journey of rebuilding trust and confidence but I've given an absolute undertaking that we will do just that."

– Simon Bailey, Chief Constable

Watch Natalie Gray's report from last night's meeting.

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