People who return books late to Norfolk's libraries are now facing overdue charges again - for the first time since the Covid pandemic broke out.

Norfolk County Council, which runs the county's 47 libraries, had suspended the charges in 2020 during the global pandemic.

But, almost four years later and the Conservative-controlled council reintroduced the charges on Monday.

It means adults are now being charged 10p per overdue item per day, up to a maximum of £4.90.

Some library users, including children under the age of 16 and housebound library users, are exempt from the charges.

Before the charges were suspended during Covid, the council used to generate between £180,000 to £260,000 each year in overdue charges.

In 2019 it emerged that a book called Paint Fun by Ray Gibson was the county's most overdue book - having been borrowed in July 1999 and not returned.

The council is this month due to agree to £52m of cuts and savings as the authority looks to balance its books.