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Coronavirus: Pub found not to have committed any offences during lockdown

PUBLISHED: 20:40 07 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:25 09 April 2020

Cromer police Pc Joey Mezzetti, left, and PC Cameron Askew, check the closed play park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cromer police Pc Joey Mezzetti, left, and PC Cameron Askew, check the closed play park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A Norfolk pub that was initially to be investigated after a number of people were found in its beer garden over the weekend committed no offences, it has emerged.

A dummy COVID-19 swab is handled inside a sealed sterile tube during a demonstration by lab technicians who are carrying out diagnostic tests for coronavirus. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WireA dummy COVID-19 swab is handled inside a sealed sterile tube during a demonstration by lab technicians who are carrying out diagnostic tests for coronavirus. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The north Norfolk pub had been selling take away meals and allowing customers to consume them in their beer garden on Sunday (April 5).

Following further enquiries it was established the pub had not committed any offences.

Norfolk Police thanked members of the public who followed government guidelines to stay home and stay safe over the weekend.

However, whilst the majority listened to the advice not to travel to tourist spots and parks, there was still concern over the number of people who ignored social distancing guidelines by visiting other households.

Norfolk Police's assistant chief constable for Norfolk Constabulary, Julie Wvendth. Photo: Norfolk ConstabularyNorfolk Police's assistant chief constable for Norfolk Constabulary, Julie Wvendth. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary

Police received 160 calls from members of the public reporting people ignoring the guidelines on Saturday (April 4) and a further 198 calls on Sunday (April 5).

In all, 51 warnings were given to those in public or gathered at other addresses on Saturday, including people at a household in the Broadland area having a party, all of which were dispersed back to their own homes.

While on Sunday officers issued 58 warnings to those in public or at other addresses.

Assistant Chief Constable Julie Wvendth said: “I would like to thank the majority of the public who have listened to the government guidelines to stay home and stay safe over the weekend.

“Our stance has been to engage and educate but where people have breached the guidelines we have taken appropriate action to enforce them.

“Sadly there is still a minority who believe it is acceptable to continue to ignore the rules and potentially put lives at risk.

“Our biggest concern following the weekend is the number of people who have attended other households, particularly for barbecues or parties. The government guidelines are clear and people should not be visiting friends or family. Joining friends and family is a big risk of spreading the virus and damaging the NHS’s ability to manage patient care.”

She added: “I would urge people to consider their plans carefully for the forthcoming Easter weekend and follow the government advice on social distancing. Unless your travel is essential, the only plans you should be making are to stay home and stay safe in order to protect the NHS and save lives.”


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