Back in business: Cromer returns to normal after travellers evicted

Police were maintaining a high profile presence in Cromer on Sunday. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Police were maintaining a high profile presence in Cromer on Sunday. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Ally McGilvray

North Norfolk District Council revealed it will do everything it can to prevent a repeat of the scenes which saw communities across the area placed into lockdown at the weekend.

More than two dozen motorhomes set up camp in Runton Road car park in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvra

More than two dozen motorhomes set up camp in Runton Road car park in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Local authority Leader Tom FitzPatrick said: 'The district council served notice on the travellers to leave on Saturday and all the travellers left the site on Sunday.

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'North Norfolk provides temporary stopping places for travellers and the Council will always act swiftly where there are illegal encampments. If it had of been necessary we would have been in magistrates' court first thing on Monday to seek their support to move them on.

The Masala Twist restaurant in Prince of Wales Road, Cromer, where trouble brewed on Saturday night.

The Masala Twist restaurant in Prince of Wales Road, Cromer, where trouble brewed on Saturday night. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

'Both I and officers have been out and about speaking to businesses in Cromer to make sure we do all we can for the community.

'Our message is clear, Cromer is a special family friendly seaside resort and we will continue to work hard to keep it that way.'

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Council Leader Tom FitzPatrick. Picture: Norfolk Conservatives.

Council Leader Tom FitzPatrick. Picture: Norfolk Conservatives. - Credit: Norfolk Conservatives

In the wake of the dramatic weekend, a local business leader has insisted Cromer remains 'a wonderfully safe town', despite concerns over widespread disorder at the weekend.

Gary Dickenson, president of Cromer Chamber of Trade & Business, confirmed it was back to business as normal after the travellers being blamed for much of the trouble were evicted from their makeshift camp in Runton Road.

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He said: 'I want to stress that normally Cromer is a wonderfully safe town where locals and visitors stroll the streets at all times of the day and night without any worries whatsoever, that's one of the many reasons we attract so many visitors throughout the year.

Gary Dickenson, President of Cromer and District Chamber of Trade and Business

Gary Dickenson, President of Cromer and District Chamber of Trade and Business - Credit: Submitted

'My personal thanks go to the Police officers working to keep us safe with already overstretched resources.

'It's important we now put this disruption behind us and get back to what we do best here, welcoming our visitors and serving both them and our local community.'

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