Cromer zone bid to tackle drink-related crime

Extra powers to help police deal with public drinking problems at Cromer are set to be backed by councillors.

The town centre is being earmarked to be a 'designated area' - meaning officers can take action if people refuse to stop drinking in the zone when asked.

Similar schemes already operate at North Walsham and Sheringham and North Norfolk District Council cabinet will on Monday be urged to put wheels in motion for central Cromer - including the main seafront, pier, North Lodge Park and Meadow pitch and putt and car park area.

A report to councillors by community safety manager Teri Munro says alcohol was behind 58, or more than 12pc, of local crimes over a year - with 32 of them in the proposed designated public place order. Most involved violence.

More than a fifth of the town's anti-social behaviour was also alcohol fuelled, with 165 incidents, 113 of which were in the area. Ten of them involved vagrants and homeless people in the proposed zone.

Councillors will be asked to start a formal consultation process over the proposed order.