Norfolk police warn the demands of the COVID-19 outbreak will test the force.

Norfolk Constabulary is to focus on frontline policing as it responds to the virus outbreak.

A spokesman said: “Unprecedented circumstances are going to test the constabulary over the coming weeks and months.

“While public engagement is extremely important to us, our focus is firmly on front-line policing and those crimes which cause most harm, therefore any community engagement activity or national initiative that is not in support of multi-agency efforts for Covid-19 will stop – this includes visits to care homes and schools, SNAP meetings and street surgeries.”

Public enquiry offices including King’s Lynn Police Station closed to the public on Tuesday. Visiting members of the public will instead have a direct telephone number to access counter staff during normal office hours.

The number will be displayed on posters at each office. Those that have to attend a police station to answer bail or present documents should attend the required location and call the number as displayed.

Chief superintendent Dave Marshall said: “We will all have to make some difficult decisions every day and while public engagement is extremely important to us, by changing our approach now we are aiming to ensure we protect the most vulnerable at this complex and continually changing time.”

Residents are being asked to dial 999 only in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

Non-urgent crimes can be reported on 101 or online at: www.norfolk.police.uk