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Eight people fined for coronavirus lockdown breaches in West Norfolk

At least eight people were fined for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules in West Norfolk last weekend, police said today.

The cases are among more than 80 across the county recorded between last Friday, February 5, and Sunday.

And senior officers say many of the fines were for "blatant breaches" of the restrictions.

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A total of 88 fines were issued in the three days from February 5 to 7, according to figures by Norfolk Police this afternoon.

Among them was a man who travelled to his holiday home in Hunstanton from Loughborough in Leicestershire and seven people who were fined for attending a birthday party at an address in Lynn.

Police have stressed the latter was a different incident to an alleged gathering reported in Sandpiper Way last Friday, where no breaches of the rules were found.

And, in another incident, a couple from London were fined after their trip to the county with a coastal search being mounted for them.

Officers say concerns were raised when they didn't return to their car for several hours.

Temporary Superintendent Nathan Clark, of Norfolk Police, said a short time ago: "Many of the cases witnessed last week were blatant breaches of the rules, leaving officers with no other option but to fine them.

"We know people are making real sacrifices to stick to the lockdown rules by not seeing friends and family and staying home as much as possible. I’m grateful to the overwhelming majority of people who continue to do the right thing.

"People know the rules and there is no excuse for the behaviour witnessed last weekend so we will continue to take action where proportionate and necessary.”

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