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No repeat of last August’s Travellers’ lockdown weekend in Cromer

PUBLISHED: 16:42 19 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:34 20 August 2018

Cromer, after the weekend of disorder at the end of Cromer Carnival last year. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Cromer, after the weekend of disorder at the end of Cromer Carnival last year. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

There has been no repeat of last August’s ‘lockdown’ weekend in Cromer when a group of Travellers wreaked havoc on the close-knit seaside community.

Police chiefs had pledged that it would not happen again.

And while the full details of this weekend’s events won’t emerge until tomorrow, a Norfolk police spokesman said there had been no major incidents, as of 4.30pm today.

Last August, the seaside town was rocked by a weekend of violent disorder, which saw pubs and restaurants closing their doors, thefts, assault, criminal damage, and a rape allegation for which no charges were ever brought.

And one year on, residents and business owners still describe the police response as “disgraceful”, and believe lives were put at risk.

Additional resources were put on this year to ensure that if there was any sign of trouble it would be dealt with robustly.

Last year’s violence erupted on the last day of the annual Cromer Carnival Week.


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