Revealed: Full list of police incidents recorded during Cromer ‘lockdown’ weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:59 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:22 22 November 2017

Travellers set up an illegal camp in Runton Road car park in Cromer. Picture: Submitted

Travellers set up an illegal camp in Runton Road car park in Cromer. Picture: Submitted


The theft of crates of beer, shoplifting, a sexual offence and children committing criminal damage.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey. Photo : Steve AdamsChief Constable Simon Bailey. Photo : Steve Adams

These are just some of the incidents recorded by police during a weekend of violent disorder which struck Cromer between August 18 and 21.

Details of many incidents were revealed in the wake of the outbreak of disorder which came at the end of Cromer’s annual Carnival Week and has been largely blamed on the presence of a group of Travellers who came up from Lowestoft and stayed at Runton Road car park.

And now a Freedom of Information request to Norfolk Constabulary has revealed the full extent of the chaos which forced many businesses to close their doors early.

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Police recorded a total of 53 incidents between the Friday and the Sunday, the most serious of which was an alleged rape of a teenager at a bus stop in Cadogan Road by two men. The catalogue of other incidents logged by police is wide and varied, and includes:

- Report of children committing criminal damage at a café.

- Group of young males causing issues in the arcade. Riding their bikes which is not allowed.

- Three lads, aged 10-12, at putting green, stealing clubs and balls, etc, and throwing them into the sea.

- Large group of people have come into restaurant and are ‘ransacking the place’.

After the weekend, police launched an investigation into how they handled the situation in the face of widespread criticism.

In October, the constabulary pledged to draw up an action plan aimed at ensuring future incidents would be dealt with better.

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The plan is being overseen by Chief Constable Simon Bailey and will focus on four key areas where the Force’s response was found wanting: The flow of information and intelligence within the constabulary, leadership decisions, media response and protocols for dealing with unauthorised encampments.

Mr Bailey said: “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.”

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