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From the editor: Delicate balance of good, the bad and the ugly

PUBLISHED: 14:45 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 05 May 2018

Two men fighting just off Haymarket in Norwich city centre.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Two men fighting just off Haymarket in Norwich city centre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

As a local newspaper and website there is always a delicate balance to be struck with the amount of negative content we publish.

On the one hand it is our job to tell it like it is and raise issues that exist in our city so that hopefully they are tackled.

On the other, I’m not sure people want to have negativity about their home city drummed into them day after day.

That issue came to the fore this week during the debate around ongoing problems with disorder in Norwich city centre.

In response to a police operation and the news the force is to expand its city centre provision, we asked whether people feel less safe in Norwich than they previously did.

On that same day, our photographer Anthony Kelly was present when a fight broke out next to the market. Those images made the front page of this paper the very next day.

There were some people who criticised our coverage of this issue, comparing Norwich to other cities elsewhere, which they believe to be much more intimidating than our own.

That may very well be the case, but I still believe we were right to put this debate out there.

There are a growing number of people who do feel more threatened in Norwich at certain times of the day than they used to. That came out in our chats to people while pulling the story together.

It would be wrong for us to simply place our heads in the sand and act like everything is rosy in the garden.

As with every story we cover it’s all about balance and making sure we do not sensationalise and make more of an issue than it warrants. This is something we always strive to do.

We’re very lucky to live in Norwich and Norfolk and fortunately it doesn’t suffer from issues other cities of similar size do.

However, that doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to those problems that do persist in our communities.

If you feel we don’t get the balance right, then please do let me know.

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