Woman charged with assaulting police as King’s Lynn bus station disorder clampdown outlined

King's Lynn Bus Station Official Opening
King's Lynn Bus Station Official Opening

A woman has been charged with assaulting two police officers in Lynn’s bus station this week.

The incident is one of dozens attended by police in recent weeks in a bid to prevent anti-social behaviour around the interchange.

Senior officers say their efforts to combat the issue are working, but they stress the problem is not as serious as the volume of callouts may suggest.

And they believe the internet connections offered there may be encouraging groups to gather there, raising public concerns about possible disorder.

Posts on the Lynn police Twitter feed revealed an arrest was made at the interchange at around 7pm on Tuesday night.

It was later confirmed that Elaine Wallis, 49, of Dodmans Close, Lynn, had been charged on two counts of assaulting a police officer and one of breaching bail conditions.

She is now due to appear before Lynn magistrates on March 1.

Figures released by the team also show that, over the four weeks to February 8, a total of 46 interventions were made by officers at the bus station.

West Norfolk police commander, Supt Dennis Lacey, said officers had begun to focus on the issue in the run-up to Christmas and the regular social media updates were part of a new effort to share more information with the public about their activities.

He said: “It’s had a quite a good impact. The anti-social behaviour has reduced but, because we’re sending out a lot about it, it seems like there’s a lot going on.”

Supt Lacey stressed that not all of the interventions made at the station had resulted in arrests and some of those that did had been for offences like failing to leave an area when directed to do so by an officer.

He also revealed that some of the facilities offered at the bus station, which underwent a £1.6 million refurbishment two years ago, helped to attract people there and potentially contributed to public perceptions of anti-social behaviour.

He said: “When you see something spike for a reason, and you can’t see what it is, you put your feelers out.

“We spoke to a few of the youths and they get free Wi-Fi at the bus station.

“They sit there in groups watching videos, not causing any trouble, but people see large groups of youngsters laughing and shouting and the perception is they’re there to cause trouble.”

Adrian Lawrence, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for housing and community, said: “There had been a number of complaints of anti-social behaviour in and around the bus station, and this concerned us greatly.

“We were pleased to actively support Norfolk Constabulary in tackling this.

“When law-abiding people are inconvenienced by this type of behaviour the police, the borough council and other agencies will always work in partnership to resolve the issue, and we will take strict enforcement action where necessary.”