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'Don't drop your guard against Covid.' Norfolk Police issues bank holiday warning

People in West Norfolk are being urged not to be complacent about the threat of coronavirus ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

The plea from police comes as latest figures suggest infection rates in the borough are at their highest level in nearly a month.

And people aged 40 or over have also been told they can now come forward for a Covid vaccination.

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This weekend is the first bank holiday since the easing of restrictions earlier this month to enable groups of up to six people to meet outside. Indoor gatherings are still not allowed.

Norfolk Police have warned they will take "robust action" against the organisers of large gatherings, such as illegal raves, if they take place.

And concerns have also been raised that Norwich City fans may come together to celebrate if their team clinches the Championship title in their fixture against Reading tomorrow.

Superintendent Nathan Clark said: "Our journey out of lockdown has been overwhelmingly positive, with people enjoying their new freedoms sensibly, as the last two weekends has shown.

"Typically, Bank Holiday weekends see more people out and about, going to venues and visiting our coastal and beauty spots.

"We want people to enjoy themselves but to do so safely, following social distancing guidelines and sticking to the rules.”

Supt Clark also urged residents and landowners to report any suspicious activity they see which might suggest that an unlicensed music event is taking place in their area.

Under coronavirus rules, organisers of such events face fines of £10,000, while anyone who attends such a gathering can also be fined.

He said: "These penalties will be used alongside existing legislation, where evidence is available.

"Early intervention is key to disrupting and preventing these events and experience has shown that information from the public plays a crucial role in this."

The call comes after Norfolk County Council yesterday urged people intending to vote in person at next week's local elections to be prepared to queue outside polling stations amid a rise in Covid-19 infections.

Latest figures, covering the seven days to last Saturday, April 24, showed there were 49 confirmed coronavirus cases in West Norfolk, up nine on the previous week.

The borough's rolling infection rate stood at 32.4 cases per 100,000 people - the highest level it has been at since late March.

The county's overall rate is also rising, and stood at 18.1 cases per 100,000 people over the same period.

Cases are rising in most of the county's districts, though not in Breckland or North Norfolk.

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