Visitors to Norfolk’s coast and people hosting house parties were among 160 people fined for breaching lockdown rules over the weekend.
A large number of fixed penalty notices were given to those who had travelled to visit the coast, in particular Sea Palling, Wells and Hunstanton. Some had travelled from as far as Leicestershire, London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
Four house parties were also disrupted – two were children’s birthday parties in Great Yarmouth, where a number of adults were issued with £800 fines. House parties were also found in Attleborough and Thetford, with those attending receiving £200 fines. In addition, 132 people were given warnings.
Lockdown measures remain in place, with a requirement for people to stay at home, only leaving for a reasonable excuse and T/Assistant Chief Constable Julie Wvendth said: “We have seen a number of blatant breaches this weekend, many by people who live outside of the county who have travelled to coastal areas. A combination of better weather, lockdown fatigue and the impending easing of restrictions will no doubt influence some people’s behaviour.
“However, the ‘stay at home’ rule remains in place and while the roadmap out of lockdown offers new confidence, we still need to take action now to get us there.”
Louise Smith, Norfolk’s director of public health, said: “Most people in Norfolk have done an excellent job of respecting the rules so far and have played a key part in the fall in infections rates we’re seeing now. It is important that we keep to the rules and stay local to keep numbers of cases down. I know most people will, but where they don’t I support the police in taking enforcement action.”