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Great Yarmouth council leader hits back at county councillor’s ‘crime wave’ claim

Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Graham Plant. Picture: Denise Bradley

Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Graham Plant. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Great Yarmouth’s council leader has hit back at claims there is a “crime wave” in the town, after a county councillor called on Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) to tackle the issue.

County councillor Jonathon Childs has called on PCC Lorne Green to tackle crime in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Norfolk County Council/Antony KellyCounty councillor Jonathon Childs has called on PCC Lorne Green to tackle crime in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Norfolk County Council/Antony Kelly

Jonathon Childs, UKIP councillor for East Flegg, wrote to PCC Lorne Green after it emerged yesterday that police were investigating a serious sexual assault in the grounds of the town’s minster.

It follows reports of a man in his 60s being robbed at a town centre cash point in the early evening.

And last week a woman was assaulted and robbed while walking through an alleyway in broad daylight.

In the letter, Mr Childs said: “Can I please ask for an urgent meeting regarding the crime wave that seems to be engulfing Great Yarmouth?

“Lots of worried residents are contacting me by email, text, and social media.

“I do understand the budgetary constraints forced upon the emergency services and I am in no way critiquing their dedication to their duty.

“But as an elected member I must pass on the genuine concerns of the people of my parishes, the people of Great Yarmouth and the people of the fine county of Norfolk.

“It saddens me to trouble you as you are working hard to stamp out the issues that blight my area, but enough is enough. We as a community say enough is enough we want our beautiful districts to be safe.”

But Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Graham Plant said there was not a crime wave, and that three police appeals in the last week did not warrant claims that there was one.

“Norfolk is one of the safest places to live in England, and crime statistics for Great Yarmouth are going down,” he said.

“I look at these things on a regular basis, they are on the way down, the police are working hand in hand with the council. We’re no worse than anywhere else in the country.

“For a county councillor to say it’s a crime wave because of three appeals, I think it’s appalling.”

Mr Green welcomed the letter, and said he would be happy to set up a meeting between himself, Mr Childs and local police officers.

He added: “I devote considerable attention to Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas and have a monthly column in the Great Yarmouth Mercury.

“In November 2016, I hosted a public meeting at the Great Yarmouth Town Hall to allow the community at large to meet with the Chief Constable and me to discuss issues of crime prevention and policing.

“It was a very successful meeting with good attendance.

“It is important that we continue to work together to reassure the local community and make sure they are being kept informed of the positive and proactive work that is going on to tackle crime in their area.”

• What do you think should be done about crime in the town? Email geraldine.scott@archant.co.uk

17 comments

  • Well Mr foot in mouth plant would seem that you are not man enough to admit it was a stupid statement and that you have apologized to the ncc who has brought our worries up with the police commissioner !! Are you fit for purpose ,maybe the next local elections will tell you ??

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    Muddy

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

  • I am so frightened now I won't come into town anymore.

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    Nissan

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

  • This same item also on EDP site but with no comments ,why , does someone not want Norwich and Norfolk what is going on in great Yarmouth .Archant answers please.

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    Muddy

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

  • An absolute disgrace that a Councillor is so out of touch with his own town. Everyone knows that crime in Yarmouth is rising and it's getting more violent. True the town has changed over the years but in the eyes of the vast majority it has changed for the worst. The public expect to see a "bobby on the beat" that is to say walking not driving around and rightly so. The run down areas are just that - run down. You only have to walk through these areas and you can see the obvious happening. The town centre after dark is a hotbed of crime. This councillor needs to get out on the beat at night and see for himself how his town is deteriorating. You can't evaluate crime from looking at figures on paper, you need to see it with your own eyes, get on the streets and see it happening, get dirty and experience the filth. It's a shame the law and order in this country is so soft. If we had a zero tolerance stance on such issues we'd be living in a safer area.

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    Ashb77

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

  • Why doesn't the said councillor simply look at the 'Cases in Court' section. Youll find some rather diverse names purporting a range of violentillegal acts. This is a War Zone, not a place for tourists anymore.

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    MyOwnViews

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Well Mr plant I would think that you now know what people in great Yarmouth think of your naive statement ,and will offer an apology to the nc councillor whom wants the police commissioner to look into the crime wave in great Yarmouth . If you think there is not a problem may I suggest that you alone ,no police escort ,walk down at peters road in the evening and see for yourself what the area has come to .And if by chance you cannot see any problems see Peter jay at the Circus I hear he is looking for clowns !!!

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    Muddy

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Graham Plant said there was not a crime wave, and that three police appeals in the last week did not warrant claims that there was one. “Norfolk is one of the safest places to live in England, and crime statistics for Great Yarmouth are going down,” he said....... .............. ..... Well Mr Plant... Norfolk may be of the safest places.. But Great Yarmouth has not one of them in the past 3 months... Look back at GY Mercury reports the past year.. and plus all the violence that the public do not get to hear about... The word is probably spreading on the internet of GYs crime problems over past months ...saying unsafe to come to GY.. ... Recent attacks will drive people away and trade will suffer... but you seem little concerned about it.... just waffle and wait for the next one and reconsider after an elderly person feels unsafe to walk around GY in daylight... after dark you are really pushing your luck walking around ... on your own... The no go areas are well known and the council has allowed it to generate into this problem... Maybe Mr Plant should reconsider his position if he thinks GY is the safest place to be as part of Norfolk.. There is a crime problem the past 3 months and doing nothing is keeping the door open for even more.... Do something MR plant, and others stop asking the public what is to be done ... there are well paid people responsible to ensure public safety on the GY streets and they should act accordingly as and when required to do so... as there remit..

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    Lionel

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • I doubt Mr Plant really knows a lot about Yarmouth street life,another one that reads to far into surveys carried out at the exspence of others,you and other councillors have your noses to far in the troughs of power,with your trousers rolled up taking your school boy oaths to even notice the real world,only three? Do you even read your local papers,if the public had full confidence in you and others or even thought you listerned,then they may of approached you,that's a bit like having a bin for blades in the town so some clearly they know the culture better than you and others,try backing up your town ,sometimes life is not politics,sometimes you should step back for thought...

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    Tony Miller

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • I agree . I am a taxi driver and we pick people up and take them around town to local drug spots them take them home again. I hate doing this but I have to make a living . I just wish the police would do something about the drug problem as well. All the crime in this town is mostly drug related

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    tellymug2

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Mr Plant... you're obviously looking through your rose tinted glasses again, the town centre is now but a shadow of its former being. Areas of the town are absolutely "No Go" areas, when was the last time anybody walked down King Street or Nelson Road centralsouth and felt safe? In the past year I've visited my parents (who still live in the town) and witnessed a hammer attack, regular drunken and disorderly behaviour, shoplifting, intimidation, begging, speeding, drug dealing, illicit tobacco selling, the list goes on and on.... When as a town council are you going to wake up and smell the coffee? Many locals are too frightened to walk the streets in broad daylight.. whatever must they feel like at night? What is there to come into town for now? Banks, betting shops, and brick a brac charity shops... not exactly a classy retail destination now is it? R.I.P "Great" Yarmouth... there's just the Yarmouth left now as there's not much Great left...

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    Bradie Hubbard

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • I remembered king street when came to live here in 2007.....now its..... another road ruined by people......which i cannot name....

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    Alan Sowle

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • This councilor lives in another world,There was a time wnen you could walk around Yarmouth at night,,not now,,Every day something happens in the town,The poor man who had £200 taken in day time at a bank machine,,The damage to the 2 buses this week,,does this man even live in this town..King Street was a lovely place ,,,,,years ago.Last week my daughter saw a fight,,,,not a policeman in sight,,,The only 2 we see nowadays are like bookends that walk the market.Let this man walk around this town,,he might be more surprised,,,another high wage that does,nt know his own town.

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    jordan

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • It's very worrying that councillor plant does not include the smashing of Windows on two buses ,and the assaults stabbings at blackfriars and north quay as part of his excuses to deny we have a crime wave !Maybe he would like to enlighten the residents of great Yarmouth as to what constitutes a crime !!!

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    Muddy

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Cameras do not stop or report crime...people with eyes do. We need volunteers to walk the streets on patrol in a "citizens on patrol scheme" which do work in the USA. We need to take out streets back from the bad people... bright jacket and a phone is all you need, walk and watch....

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    Alan Sowle

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • The time is now to stop all this WAFFLE about the increasing crime in GY, and for the powers to be to get up and start dealing with the problem.... You reap what you sow in life... and letting areas in GY to become no go areas .. In the evenings....is absolutely outrageous... The increasing crime rate in GY will no doubt be posted on the internet for the UK to hear about and keep people from coming... hurting trade and closing more shops... The internet has this power as many are to well aware of... More CCTV cameras and ZERO tolerance from police maybe not want locals want... but if the crime continues increasing as it has the past 2 years .. then there will be no choice... or GY will suffer the consequences... as a low income area GY will create more crime as incomes go lower... The amount of Increasing Part Time only working offered is not a creator of better living and wealth .... Just the opposite.... low income poverty... and crime.... Over to you COUNTY COUNCILLORS...

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    Lionel

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Don't hold your breath ,I had contact with the commissioner over speeding and red light jumping and got the response that because the speeding on Nelson Road north was less than 20% the police were not prepared to get involved ,and the lights jumping on lawn Ave north gate light was not a problem that the constabulary would get involved in ,see gybc to sort it !!! He will give a load of bull and nothing will get better . Two years ago there was always at least two PC's in the market place ,now you are lucky to see one in a car !!!

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    Muddy

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Don't hold your breath ,I had contact with the commissioner over speeding and red light jumping and got the response that because the speeding on Nelson Road north was less than 20% the police were not prepared to get involved ,and the lights jumping on lawn Ave north gate light was not a problem that the constabulary would get involved in ,see gybc to sort it !!! He will give a load of bull and nothing will get better . Two years ago there was always at least two PC's in the market place ,now you are lucky to see one in a car !!!

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    Muddy

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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