Sheringham town clock transformed for special police week

Sheringham clock tower turned into a police call box. Left to right, Sgt Andy Smith, NNDC environmen

Sheringham clock tower turned into a police call box. Left to right, Sgt Andy Smith, NNDC environmental health officer Karen Baker, PCSO Gillian Bridges, PCSO Rebekah Simms, Insp. Kersty Brooks, PC Ian Smith, PCSO Royston Seabrook and PCSO Nathan Jonas. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A town landmark has been transformed into an old-fashioned police box to give people greater access to officers.

The Sheringham clock tower on Station Road has been given a creative makeover and will be the temporary base for officers from the town's safer neighbourhood team (SNT) until this Saturday between 9am-5pm.

Residents from the resort and the surrounding area can raise community crime concerns, ask questions, find out how to prevent crime and report offences, among other things.

On Saturday Norfolk Special Constabulary mounted officers will put on a display at the Esplanade and the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit and its Lotus car will be at the tower from 2.30pm.

PC Ian Smith, beat manager for Sheringham SNT, said: 'This was making use of a Sheringham landmark and turning it into something a bit fun and different. Hopefully it makes people stop and talk to us.

'We are trying to promote things such as how easy it is to set up a Home Watch scheme and get involved with the Safer Neighbourhood Action Panels. The more people we get involved with the panel, the more varied the suggestions will be. The key is contacting us. It is about preventing crime.'

One of main reasons behind the six-day event was to promote the 101 non-emergency number, which people can ring if they want to contact the Sheringham SNT.

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Sheringham SNT, which includes four PCSOs and a sergeant, is now based on Cromer Road, opposite Tesco, and shares a building with the fire service, ambulance service and Coastguard.

The team moved out of the old police station on Weybourne Road in 2012 after the building closed .

Other reasons behind the community week include information about how to become part of the Norfolk Special Constabulary and the offer of free bike marking.

Mr Smith added: 'It has been really busy. Lots of people have shown an interest.'

Local artists including Colin Seal transformed the clock tower into the police box.

The clock tower was built as a reservoir in 1862 for £220 in what was known as Lower Sheringham. Water was piped from a spring.

There were troughs at the reservoir for animals to drink from. Water from the spring was also used for domestic use.

A clock, given by Mary Pym, was put on the building in 1903 and the reservoir was adapted into a shelter for shoppers.