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Review criticises Norfolk Police over Cromer disorder

A review has criticised Norfolk Police's response to disorder caused by a group of travellers in the north Norfolk town of Cromer in August.

Police in Cromer in August Credit: ITV Anglia

It says police didn't realise the effect the travellers were having on the local community, not enough resources were sent to deal with problems and statements made by the force on social media were ill judged.

The Chief Constable has admitted the response was wrong and is pledging to learn from the force's mistakes.

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A number of recommendations have been made following the review, falling into four categories:

  • The flow of information and intelligence within the Constabulary
  • Leadership decisions
  • Media response
  • Protocols for dealing with unauthorised encampments

The review suggests that had the Constabulary been in a position to understand the collective impact of the group's behaviour on the community and understood the tension it was causing, it would have recognised the need to identify a specific response and apply appropriate command structures, officers and tactics.

It also said the force misread the significance of events and provided an ill-judged statement on social media referring to the disorder as 'low level'.

"As I have said before, we got this wrong and I feel terribly sorry that the people of Cromer feel let down by our response. Moving forward, it is important that as an organisation we take any learning opportunities, put measures in place and make sure this doesn't happen again.

I have met with local councillors, business leaders and victims affected by the events of that August weekend, to explain the learning identified. We will continue to work with them to build and regain the communities' confidence."

– Chief Constable Simon Bailey, Norfolk Police

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Two teens arrested after rape in seaside town

Two teenaged man have been arrested in connection with a rape in Cromer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men, aged in their late teens, have been arrested in connection the rape of a woman in Cromer.

The men were arrested after attending Cromer police station and have being questioned in Aylsham on suspicion of rape.

It follows an incident on Friday 18 August at about 11.30pm when a woman in her late teens reported being raped at a bus stop on Cadogan Road by two men.

Holidaymakers asked for cash to support seaside lifeguards

Cromer is the first place in East Anglia for ask holidaymakers for cash to fund the lifeguards. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Holidaymakers in the Norfolk seaside resort of Cromer are being encouraged to give financial support to help pay for the lifeguards there in the future.

It is a busy time for the emergency services as ten of thousands of people are expected to flock to the beaches for the last bank holiday weekend of the summer.

Cromer is the first place in East Anglia where the public is being asked to help with funding and the target this year is £32,000.

North Norfolk council pays for most of the lifeguard's salaries but it's funding for the equipment and training that the RNLI want the public's support for.

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Norfolk police to carry out review into Cromer disorder

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Norfolk Police has announced it'll carry out an internal review of the way it dealt with problems at Cromer last weekend - following a visit by the Chief Constable to the seaside town.

There were reports of trouble and businesses shut early on one of the busiest weekends of the year as tensions rose following the arrival of travellers at the resort.

Many people have been critical of the way police dealt with the problems, but Simon Bailey says he has listened to concerns raised by the community and lessons will be learnt.

People in Cromer are feeling very angry, let down and fearful of the same holiday period this time next year.

This is why it is so important that I want to give a reassuring message to those visiting Cromer and the residents that there will be additional resources in Cromer this weekend.

I will be working very closely with partners that the lawlessness we saw won't happen again.

I need to look at the totality of the response and through the review, know what happened. I need to ensure this doesn't happen again and rebuild the confidence of the community as soon as possible.

– Simon Bailey, Chief Constable, Norfolk Police
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