Police Information – Cuckooing

‘Cuckooing’ is the term used to describe the practice where professional drug dealers take over the property of a vulnerable person and use it as a place from which to run their drugs business.

The drug dealers will target those who are vulnerable, potentially as a result of substance abuse, mental health issues, or loneliness, and befriend them or promise them drugs in exchange for being able to use their property.

By using an unassuming property, criminals can operate their drugs supply out of sight in an attempt to stay below the police radar. They are often only in the premises for a short amount of time before moving on to their next victim.

As the victims of cuckooing are vulnerable, they are often fearful of going to the police and worry that they will be incriminated in the criminality.

We are urging the public to watch out for vulnerable neighbours, to ensure they don’t fall victim to this trend.

There are also signs of cuckooing that you can look out for:

  • It usually takes place in a multi-occupancy or social housing property
  • There may be an increase in the number of comings and goings, including people you haven’t seen before
  • There might be new vehicles outside the property
  • A possible increase in anti-social behaviour in and around the property

If you suspect that drug dealers are operating from a property near you, it’s really important that you report it so that we can protect those who are vulnerable and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

Call police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) with as much information as possible. If you don’t want to contact police, you can report drug dealers to Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Long Stratton Masterplan Strategy Document

Norfolk Homes Ltd/Norfolk Land Ltd have published their  Masterplan Strategy document.  It has been produced to describe the rationale for the masterplanning of the bypass and associated development to date: a ‘work in progress’ explaining the  key issues, constraints and assumptions, and how these have led the development team to the current position in progressing application proposals.  The document will continue to evolve with on-going stakeholder liaison and community consultation.

Long Stratton – Strategy for landscape-led masterplan – 11 Aug

Police support campaign to target speeding drivers

Police in Norfolk will be targeting speeding drivers as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, begins on Monday 21 August and will run until Sunday 27 August, seeing an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.

“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision – alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“All too often officers have to deal with the results of drivers speeding, which can be devastating, with families and friends being left behind to pick up their lives after the event. One fatality on our roads is one too many, but tragically 20 people have died in collisions in Norfolk so far this year.

“Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road.

“Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, added: “Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents which is why I have invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on our county’s roads.

“I attach great importance as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner to keeping our roads safe by closely working with Norfolk Police and partner agencies and welcome the latest week-long crackdown.

“It is however tragic so many people have been killed on our roads so far this year. Put simply excessive speeding kills and it is just not worth the risk and should not be tolerated by the community.

“Do yourself and everyone else a favour kill your speed rather than yourself or someone else.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

For results and updates during the campaign follow the Roads Policing Unit on Twitter @NSRoadsPolicing.

Hornsea 3 Offshore Wind Farm

Dong Energy are consulting on their proposal: Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm. For more information see their website:

Below is their latest newsletter:

Hornsea Project Three_Community Newsletter_June 2017

Long Stratton Development, Frequently Asked Questions

Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land launched their pre-application consultation at an exhibition held on Monday 17th July in Long Stratton, below are answers to frequently asked questions. Comments regarding the consultation should be forwarded to

Q: What development is coming forward?

A: The Long Stratton Area Action Plan adopted by the Council in 2016 in consultation with the local community identifies a minimum of 1,800 homes, 11 hectares of employment land, land for a new primary school, open space and play areas and enhanced links to the countryside.

Q: What transport improvements will the development bring forward?

A: The Council is seeking to ensure all appropriate infrastructure is provided. This includes a bypass, a link road between the A140 and Swan Lane and other appropriate highway improvements to the existing roads in Long Stratton to be agreed. These will include seeking to avoid vehicular access through the town.

Q: Have the Councils agreed the bypass as shown on Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land’s consultation?

A: No, whilst a ‘bypass corridor’ in the same broad location has been identified in the adopted Long Stratton Area Action Plan, the design and alignment of the bypass is still being discussed by Norfolk Homes, Norfolk Land, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council.

Q:Will the upcoming planning applications include improvements to Hempnall Crossroads?

A: Improvement measures will be secured as part of the development, but this is something that Council officers are discussing with the developers.

Q: Will there be development right up to the bypass?

A: Ensuring that both the development respect the rural characteristics of the existing landscape and that future residents will have a good quality of life in terms of noise levels are key considerations for the development. Ensuring there is suitable landscaping and green infrastructure between any homes and the proposed bypass are key considerations as proposals for the development come forward.

Q: When will the bypass be built?

A: There is a requirement in the Long Stratton Area Action Plan to provide the bypass before the occupation of the 250th new dwelling in the development, unless there is clear evidence this would not be financially possible and provided any later provision is acceptable in highway terms. The Council is working closely with the developers to identify when the bypass can be delivered and to help identify sources of funding for the developers to assist with this delivery.

Q: What will the impact of the development be on the existing road network, for example the surrounding A140?

A:The developer will be required to submit a full transport assessment to support their planning application showing the impact of their development proposals including the bypass on the local road network.

Q: What about doctor’s surgery capacity?

A: The Council has been in discussion with the Long Stratton Medical Partnership and NHS England over the new development and impact it will have on the doctor’s surgery. Identifying when homes are likely to come forward are important considerations for the doctor’s surgery so that they can plan for future healthcare. It is unfortunately not legally possible to secure funding from the development to improve healthcare services under planning policy and legislation, but the Council is working as closely as they can to assist the doctor’s surgery.

Q: What is this current consultation?

A: As part of preparing for their planning application the developer is carrying out a consultation to help shape their proposals.

Q: When is the planning application expected?

A: The planning application is expected in October/November 2017 and at that time the Council will consult with the public and technical bodies.


Norfolk on the look-out for new Special Constables

New recruits are being sought to join Norfolk’s team of more than 200 committed Special Constables.

Norfolk’s Special Constabulary is hosting a recruitment evening on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 7pm in the police headquarters in Wymondham.

The county currently has some 222 special constables who regularly give up their spare time to assist their regular police colleagues in the fight against crime.

Norfolk continues to be on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.

Specials manager Sue Goode, said: “Being a Special is a very fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same.

“They are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they come on duty they face the same challenges and problems encountered by regular officers.

“We are very proud of the team we currently have in Norfolk and we would be keen for anyone who would like to gain new skills or to give something back to their community to get in touch.

“Whatever your motivation, becoming a Special can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.”

The role of a Special Constable includes providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.

The recruitment event is due to take place at 7pm at the Operation and Communication Centre, Norfolk Constabulary, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW.

Attendees will be given information on the recruitment process, the roles of a Special Constable and have the opportunity to meet a number of those already out on the beat.

To book your place at the recruitment evening, please contact 01953 425699 ext. 2371 or email 

If you are unable to make the evening, but would still like to find out more, please call the above number or visit our website at

Long Stratton Development and By-pass Exhibition

Long Stratton, Public exhibition flyer, June17

Appeal after burglary in Fritton, South Norfolk

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Fritton, near Long Stratton.

The incident happened late afternoon at about 4.45pm on Friday 30 June 2017 when suspect(s) broke into a property on The Common after forcing a patio door.

Offenders have carried out an untidy search, stealing a quantity of jewellery and keys to two cars.

Suspects have then broken into the garage before stealing a grey Mitsubishi ASX and a Mercedes SKL 250. The Mercedes was later found crashed on Potters Lane in Wattlefield a short time later just after 5pm.

The Mitsubishi also stopped at the scene of the crash and male drivers of both cars were seen to enter an Audi, possibly an A6, which had been travelling in convoy and went off at speed towards Old Buckenham.

This vehicle (Audi) was later found abandoned on the Acle Straight on Saturday morning (1 July 2017).

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or noticed either vehicle being driven in the area.

Witnesses should contact either Det Con Oliver Pailes or Det Con Jim Starling at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Summer Campaign Launched to Target Drink and Drug Driving

Police in Norfolk will be targeting motorists who drive under the influence of drink or drugs as part of a month-long campaign.

The campaign, which started on Thursday 1 June and lasts until 30 June, will see officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit breathalysing any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or anyone involved in a collision.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the roads policing unit, said: “This is an offence we target all year round but the summer campaign gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers driving under the influence can have, that a minority of motorists still chose to ignore.

“Drink or drug driving impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower, therefore increasing the chance of being involved in a collision.”

The campaign will involve targeted roadside activities by roads policing officers with support from uniformed colleagues across the county.

During last year’s campaign (2016) 153 motorists were caught drink or drug driving in Norfolk.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: “It is clear from last year’s statistics that too many motorists chose to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. It is just not worth the risk and is an irresponsible and selfish thing to do.

“We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe so let’s not make this summer one to remember for all the wrong reasons.”

Public Urged to Stay Alert – Police Chief

Norfolk’s chief police officer has urged people to go about their daily business, while being alert to suspicious activity.

It comes as police respond to the national terror threat level being raised to critical.

Armed officers have been deployed to key locations in both counties, in particular crowded areas with high footfall such as the city centre, to provide visible reassurance.

It comes after the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat level last night – meaning an attack not only remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “The public would expect us to respond appropriately to this raised threat level and the deployment of armed officers is our primary response to this.

“Norfolk is a safe county and this additional policing is about providing a visible reassurance to the public. “I would encourage anyone who sees those officers carrying out patrols to approach them, speak to them and support them because when incidents happen like those witnessed in Manchester and in Westminster, it’s those officers who rush to the scene to help, at a time when everyone else is trying to get away. I know they would appreciate the support.”

Military personnel are not currently being deployed in joint patrols with police officers in crowded places – but the threat assessment is continuously under review.

Officers are also reviewing security plans for a number of events in the coming weeks.

Mr Bailey added: “I would urge people to go about their daily business as usual, but be extra vigilant and report anything you think looks out of place.”

Members of the public are asked to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place.

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via

To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999.

A Q&A relating to the threat level is below.

Website Q&As

  1. The national threat level has been raised to ‘critical’ – what does this mean?

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat last night meaning an attack not only remains highly likely, but a further attack may be imminent. In response to this heightened threat the public will see an increased policing and security presence across the county and at key sites and other crowded places to help protect communities.

  1. What does this mean specifically for Norfolk?

Norfolk remains a safe county and any additional policing is about providing a visible reassurance to the public.

  1. Are military personnel being deployed in joint patrols with police officers across Norfolk?

Military personnel are not currently being deployed, but the threat assessment is continuously under review. We will be patrolling some of the key locations in the city and town centres as well as other places that have a high footfall. They will be carrying weapons and are there to provide reassurance whilst remaining approachable. We would encourage anyone with questions about what their role is to go and speak to them.

  1. There are events coming up – are these safe to go to?

Our officers from the event planning team and protective security experts will be working with event organisers and the multi-agency Safety Advisory Groups to ensure that venues have appropriate security measures in place.

  1. Will these events still go ahead now that the threat level has been raised?

Some public events may be subject to cancellation. Please contact your event organiser or check details online before attending large events such as sports matches and concerts.

  1. What do I do if I’m going to one of these events?

Allow extra time in advance of attending public events as heightened security measures such as searches may be implemented. Please be patient while these important checks are made by a police officer or authorised security representative.

  1. What is your advice to members of the public to keep safe?

Norfolk Police and our partners are doing everything we can to prevent an attack and to protect the public, but communities can take steps to help protect themselves. We urge the public to tune in to national/local news bulletins and to follow the @NorfolkPolice Twitter account for advice and information about keeping safe.

  1. What do I do if there is a terrorist incident in Norfolk?

If you are caught up in a firearms or weapons attack we urge you to stay safe by following the ‘RUN. HIDE. TELL.’ advice.

If you come under attack we advise you to:

  • RUN, if you can;
  • HIDE, if you can’t run;
  • TELL, when you can, the police what’s happening.

The police can get help there quickly to stop the threat. Also tell others of the threat so they don’t approach danger.

  1. What do I do if I suspect someone is involved in terrorism?

We ask the public to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately on 999 or the anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Look out for anything that seems out of place, we would rather investigate concerns which come to nothing, rather than hear an incident could have been prevented.

All information passed to the police through the anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence. It is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.