On The West Norfolk Beat: World Cup is no trouble

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Sadly, England’s stay at the World Cup in Brazil has been short-lived with the team not making it through the group stages.

However, on the plus side, we have experienced very little disruption as a result of the three games that England did play.

Supt Dennis Lacey ANL-140321-093941001

Supt Dennis Lacey ANL-140321-093941001

In the West we saw no major incidents and no more public disorder than we generally do on a weekend evening in our towns.

I would like to say a personal thank you to all of the pubs, clubs and venues across the district who have worked closely with us to ensure that these games were trouble free and enjoyable for all, aside from the final score.

I hope to see this 
positive behaviour continuing throughout the summer months.

Our county-wide drink drive campaign has also been taking place throughout this month.

Officers have been carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day and night, including first thing in the morning – when alcohol can still be in people’s systems from the night before.

We are yet to receive the final results of the campaign, but I will share these with you when they are available.

Although this is a month-long operation, drink-driving is a serious issue which police officers tackle all the year round.

Getting behind the wheel after you’ve had a drink or a lot of alcohol the night before can have serious consequences and ruin lives.

If you want to enjoy a cold beer or a nice glass of wine on a summer evening always make sure you have alternative ways to get home.

On a more local note, we have had a busy month across the district, which is to be expected in the summer.

The main incident in the Hunstanton area was an arson attack at Old Hunstanton at approximately 4.50am on Tuesday, June 10.

A beach hut was deliberately set on fire and two others were sprayed with graffiti.

The location is remote, so luckily no one was hurt and as yet we have had no information as to the persons responsible. If you have any information please come forward.

In Lynn, we have had three mopeds stolen over a ten-day period from the town and surrounding area.

I am pleased to say that following an operation carried out by officers, a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft of a moped.

He will appear at Lynn magistrates court at the end of this month.

In Downham, we had three vehicles stolen over a seven-day period in the middle of June.

While this may seem high for the area I will add some context.

All of the vehicles were ones you would consider as being about to be scrapped.

They have been in people’s gardens or near roadways for a long period of time. Some opportunist has clearly taken the chance and removed them from the side of the road.

A vehicle was seen at one offence in West Winch, which is described as a white or yellow flatbed lorry with a cage on the back. There was a male driver and two male passengers.

We are also still suffering sporadic incidents of garden ornaments being stolen in the Downham area.

These appear to be opportunists who seem to travel around simply looking for things to take from front gardens.

If you do see any vehicles or persons acting suspiciously, such as continually driving around your village or hanging around on street corners, please call the non-emergency 101 number and officers will attend.

And one of the most important things that can help us to trace the vehicles is to make a note of the registration number.

This should be the first thing you look for if you see any vehicles that raise your suspicions.