Extra police are continuing to patrol an English seaside resort following reports of “low-level disorder” which led some pubs, hotels and other businesses to close their doors. With residents describing Cromer in Norfolk as in “lockdown” on social media, venues said they had taken protective action.
Norfolk Police said officers had been called on Friday “to five incidents of theft, three from shops and two from local pubs where drinks were taken and not paid for”. Officers were called to Cromer Social Club at about 11.30pm, following reports that a large group of people who had turned up were refusing to leave. Officers are also investigating an alleged rape at a bus stop in the town where a woman said she was attacked by two men on Friday night.
The force said officers were called to a pub at about 5pm after a large group of people refused to leave. Other pubs in the area decided to close at around 7pm, officers were told. There were also incidents at a restaurant and at a caravan park’s private bar. Local people are blaming the travelling community. North Norfolk District Council said a group of travellers in 23 caravans had set up camp in the town’s Runton Road car park.