MP Norman Lamb says lessons must be learnt following crimes in Cromer
PUBLISHED: 14:33 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:42 21 August 2017
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has called the criminal behaviour that took place in Cromer over the weekend “intolerable” and revealed he intends to review whether there are lessons to be learned.
Mr Lamb visited Cromer on Sunday, August 20, to listen to details of the disturbances from local shopkeepers.
He also met with the Cromer councillor Tim Adams and spoke to a number of police community support officers.
Mr Lamb said: “The main thing is this criminal behaviour is intolerable and nobody should be above or beyond the law.
“People should be able to enjoy themselves without this kind of intimidation.”
The MP said that based on the accounts he heard from various businesses he has written to Norfolk Police chief constable Simon Bailey asking to discuss the policing of the incident.
“I absolutely don’t want to cast blame at the moment but I think it is important to review the policing and see if they are any lessons to be learned from this,” he said.
Cromer’s deputy mayor David Pritchard described the situation as “very sad” following the high of the town’s carnival week.
“Crime has occurred on what seems to be an unprecedented level for the town,” he said.
“One shop has lost over £950 of stock and on police advice many shops and businesses had to close.” While police have not said the incidents are linked, some of the anti-social behaviour is being blamed on a group of travellers who set up camp in the town’s biggest car park at Runton Road, which is managed by the local authority, on Friday night.
Officers from North Norfolk District Council served eviction notices on 23 caravans/camper vans on Saturday afternoon and, by 3pm on Sunday, they had all left.
Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “North Norfolk provides temporary stopping places for travellers and the Council will always act swiftly where there are illegal encampments.
“If it had of been necessary we would have been in Magistrates Court first thing on Monday to seek their support to move them on.”
“Our message is clear, Cromer is a special family friendly seaside resort and we will continue to work hard to keep it that way,” added Mr FitzPatrick.