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'We will act decisively to keep peace' in West Norfolk

On the Beat, by King's Lynn police commander Dave Buckley

Traditionally July and August are busy times for policing in the UK and it is no different here in West Norfolk.

During these months we have a large influx of visitors coming to enjoy the area for their summer break which in turn brings more demand on local policing.

On the Beat column, Friday, August 30, 2019
On the Beat column, Friday, August 30, 2019

I am pleased to say that the officers under my command have stepped up to the plate and have gone that extra mile to ensure that we continue to provide a 24/7 police presence across the area.

I will be the first person to say that we don’t always get it right but thankfully 99 per cent of the time we are there when you the public call us and need us and those times we make the mistake we must be big enough to admit the mistake, say sorry and learn from it to ensure it does not happen again.

During the summer we have policed many events including Festival Too, Hunstanton Tennis Week and Outdoor Cinema’s, Sandringham Flower Show and King’s Lynn Pride.

Kinsg Lynn's second Pride event in the Tuesday Market Place
Kinsg Lynn's second Pride event in the Tuesday Market Place

I am pleased to say that at all events there was very little, if any, trouble and we made good use of the powers available to police forces across the country.

Section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives officers power, when authorised by an officer of the rank of Inspector or above, to remove person/s from the area who they have reasonable grounds to believe will cause anti-social behaviour(ASB).

This power was put to good use during these events which in turn helped reduce the amount of ASB.

My officers will continue to target those individuals who try to cause problems within the community and we do heavily rely on you the public to keep us informed where these people gather.

I accept that sometimes it will appear that we are not doing anything but I can assure you that we will be working on solutions to the problem.

An example I can give is in Watlington where there was a growing issue of ASB within the village due to a small number of individuals who were responsible.

These individuals are currently going through the court system due to the work behind the scenes by the local Beat Manager.

Last Friday police officers across the UK observed a minutes silence in memory of PC Andrew Harper of Thames Valley Police who was killed whilst on duty investigating a burglary in Berkshire.

Whilst it is rare for officers to be killed in the line of duty the amount of officers that are being assaulted has increased across the country.

In Norfolk it has risen by 14 per cent and that does not include the assaults on other the emergency services.

We need to remember these are the people going towards the danger to help others and in fact, no one should, in any walk of life, deserve to be assaulted for doing their job.

I would ask you the public to continue supporting your emergency services. As John Lennon once sang, “Imagine all the people living life in peace”.

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