Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green says he will hold Norfolk Constabulary to account after Cromer weekend
PUBLISHED: 06:00 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 30 August 2017
Archant Norfolk 2016
Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has said he will hold Norfolk Constabulary and Chief Constable Simon Bailey to account for the recent events in Cromer as a review was launched into police failings.
Across the weekend of Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20, the seaside town had 37 incidents reported to the police including the rape of a teenager at a bus stop. Businesses and restaurants also closed amid fears of disorder.
Mr Green said: “I feel the pain of the local community and the business community of residents and visitors to Norfolk because of what has happened in Cromer - which was inappropriate and shouldn’t have happened.
“One of my duties I take very seriously is to hold the chief constable, and by extension the constabulary, to account.
“I’m pleased that the response of the constabulary which has been to accept that things should have been better.
“I met with him [Mr Bailey] this morning and he gave me the satisfaction that he is doing a serious review of what happened.”
Mr Green says that the point of the review is to let people along the coast of Norfolk know that the police are taking what happened seriously and to identify where mistakes were made.
A public meeting is being held on Wednesday, September 6 to give the community the opportunity to put their concerns directly to Mr Bailey and Mr Green.
“It is important that the chief constable is able to give reassurance to the community that this can’t happen again,” Mr Green added.
“I have heard the community say they feel frightened and left down by the police. People should not only be safe but feel safe. It is my responsibility to make sure we have an effective and efficient police force.”
Mr Green said that Norfolk has the fourth best constabulary in the country and one of the best chief constables in Simon Bailey. “This is Cromer, this is Norfolk - people bounce back and they are tremendously resilient,” he added.
“We want to enjoy Cromer crabs rather than have the people of Cromer crabbing about the situation.”