Police on patrol in King's Lynn's town centre. Picture: Ian Burt

Twenty-two people were arrested across the county as nightclubs welcomed party-goers back since the start of the pandemic.

Six people were arrested in King’s Lynn for drunk and disorderly offences on Saturday night.

A further 14 people were arrested in Norwich for offences including being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer, and two people were arrested in Great Yarmouth for criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

Superintendent Nathan Clark said: “We were expecting venues and the night-time economy to be very busy on Saturday with the lifting of the Covid restrictions, and planned accordingly with extra officers on patrol.

“Venues in King’s Lynn and Norwich were particularly busy and there were some long queues, and unfortunately, some arrests. However, in the main and given the number of people that were out and about on Saturday evening, people enjoyed themselves in a safe and responsible way.

“It was particularly pleasing to see clubs and pubs being well managed and their owners or licensees working closely with officers to keep everybody safe; this collaboration makes such a difference at a time when we’re experiencing such an increase in demand.”

Norfolk Police thanked the county’s licenced premises and late-night venues for their cooperation following a busy weekend.