Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Chloe Smith seeks senior police action following tent find

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 22 May 2018 14:45

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, has sought action and reassurance from senior officers following the find of a tent filled with used drugs needles in the city centre.

She is also concerned about drugs use in the north city, in her constituency.

Chloe has written to new city commander Supt. Terry Lordan and will meet him in June.

Chloe supports the new Norfolk model of policing, which will benefit the urban area by providing more full officers who can make arrests and deal with today’s crimes. 

She also supports the new funding from central government to target rough sleeping where the resources are most needed, which sees £146,194 go to Norwich City Council.

Chloe comments:

“The tent has been really worrying for the general public, who could have been in danger from the needles.  I’m sure clearing out the tent was alarming for the council workers and emergency services who had to handle those needles.  Of course, it is also serious and very concerning for the people who were at some point in the tent, who in all likelihood needed help too.

“My constituents in the Sewell area are concerned about drug use in the north city too.  So I am asking the police for reassurance about the action they will be taking across the city centre and the north city.

“I think it is a good move to have new police beat managers serving the city.  I believe the new policing model will benefit the urban area by providing more full officers who can make arrests and deal with today’s crimes.

“I am also keen to know how the council will spend the additional funding which the Government has provided to help reduce rough sleeping.”


Funding referred to is £617 million in Flexible Homelessness Support Grants over the next two years, which local authorities can use strategically to prevent and tackle homelessness in their areas.  Of this, Norwich City Council is receiving £146,194 for 2018/19. Broadland District Council is receiving £216,977 for 2018/19.


The Conservative Government is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027.  They are investing £1.2 billion of funding to 2020, which includes:  £315 million of funding to local authorities; £197 million of central government funding for homelessness programmes; £100 million to deliver low-cost move-on accommodation places, for people leaving hostels and refuges to make a sustainable recovery; and £617 million in Flexible Homelessness Support Grants.