Police arrest sword suspect in Cromer

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A man suspected to have been armed with a sword has been arrested in a seaside town days after police increased patrols amid a rise in reported crime.

The man, in his mid 50s and from the Cromer area in Norfolk, was detained on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon on Wednesday night.

Police were called to Runton Road, near the junction with Cabbell Road, shortly before 10pm to reports of a man armed with a sword being aggressive to other men.

He has been taken for questioning and police said the sword has been seized.

At the weekend Norfolk Police said they had seen a "slight increase of low-level anti-social behaviour and reports of crimes in the area", prompting them to increase patrols.

Several venues decided not to open on Saturday, with residents describing the town as in "lockdown" on social media.

The force was called last Friday in relation to five incidents of theft - three from shops and two from local pubs where drinks were taken and not paid for, but police said neither pub wished to take the matter forward.

Other incidents were reported to police, including calls relating to the concern for safety of a group of people standing in the middle of a road, but the group had gone by the time police arrived.

People on Twitter said the weekend disorder coincided with the arrival of travellers in the area.