Couple who drove from Hull to Norfolk for a walk among lockdown breakers

Hunstanton

Of the 87 fines issued last weekend by Norfolk Police, 39 were in Hunstanton. - Credit: Chris Bishop

A couple who travelled nearly 120 miles from Hull to walk in Hunstanton are among 87 new fines handed out in relation to lockdown breaches.

Norfolk Police issued the fixed penalty notices and 98 warnings last weekend, of which 39 were given in Hunstanton to second home owners and day trippers.

Officers fined two men from Bury St Edmunds who were filming a music video in the coastal town, a dog walker from Northamptonshire and a woman from Melton Mowbray who travelled to visit the beach. 

Elsewhere in the county, a man who travelled to Norwich and Great Yarmouth from Northamptonshire to see various family members. 

Further fines were issued to a group who travelled from Wisbech to Waxham to walk on the beach with their children and a Cambridge man for travelling to stay at his second home in Norwich.

Temporary Superintendent Nathan Clark said the prime minister's roadmap announcement earlier this week offered new confidence but the stay at home rules still applied.

Nathan Clark stands with his arms folded at Norwich police station.

Temporary Superintendent Nathan Clark. - Credit: Archant

He said: "Communities in Norfolk have done a great job sticking to the rules, which is reflected in the lowering infection rates, and it’s really important we continue to follow the rules and guidelines to make sure it stays that way. 

"It is important though to remember that we are still in a national lockdown and the ‘stay at home’ rules still apply. 

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"The roadmap is gradual, with greater freedoms given step-by-step alongside the continued vaccination roll-out with the overall aim of keeping infection rates as low as possible while returning to some degree of normality.

"It’s important we all continue to play our part in this process to make sure things continue to move in the right direction…. no one wants yo-yo lockdowns. 

"The weather has also been quite promising in the last week with warmer temperatures set to continue. With this comes a reminder about travelling for a change of scenery. We get that it’s tempting, but travelling long distances to get fresh air and go for a walk is not regarded as essential."

The officer said patrols will continue to focus on beauty spots and coastal areas.

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