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Cromer police apologise for response to weekend 'disorder'

Several incidents were reported to officers in Cromer over the weekend of August 18-20.

Police in Norfolk have apologised for their response to a weekend of "disorder" which left a seaside town on "lockdown".

Several incidents were reported to officers in Cromer over the weekend of August 18-20, including thefts from shops and local pubs, as well as the concern for safety of a group of people standing in the middle of the road.

Residents said on social media that the town was on "lockdown" after pubs closed early or refused to open, and said the disorder coincided with the arrival of a group of travellers.

At the time, Norfolk Police described the incidents as "low-level disorder".

But at a public meeting held in response to local concerns, Chief Constable Simon Bailey admitted they "got their messages wrong" and that "police were not there when required".

Residents told officers they felt there was a "lack of action by police" and that "those causing disorder appeared to be above the law".

Mr Bailey said the force was "doing all it can to make sure recent events can't happen again".

At the time of the incidents, Superintendent Michael Cook said: "Police identified a slight increase of low-level anti-social behaviour and reports of crimes in the area so have proactively adjusted our policing levels in order to deal with this.

"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."

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green organised Wednesday night's meeting at Cromer parish hall to allow residents to air their concerns.

According to the BBC, Mr Bailey told the meeting: "There were a number of incidences of theft, of anti-social behaviour, of criminal damage and we misjudged our message, and I'm sorry we got that message wrong.

"We'll learn the lessons. It won't happen again."