More than 30 people were fined at the weekend for breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

Norfolk Police said they issued a total of 96 warnings and 31 fixed penalty notices in the county for both Saturday and Sunday.

Fines were predominantly issued at coastal areas, to people who were mixing households, or those who had travelled to exercise.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Julie Wvendth said: “We did see an increase in enforcement activity this weekend, particularly in our coastal areas.

“I would reiterate the points I made last week; we are almost a year into this pandemic and the public are fully aware of what is expected of them and consequently our approach to enforcement must take this into account.

“We will always seek voluntary compliance in the first instance through our continued approach of engage, explain and encourage and every case will be assessed on its own merit. However, where this interaction fails and people continue to ignore rules, we will be left with no other option but to use the powers available to us.

“The overwhelming majority of people in Norfolk are making great sacrifices to adhere to the regulations so it is only right that those who blatantly ignore them and risk the health of others are dealt with. This includes people who travel into our county for non-essential purposes and in contravention of the guidance to stay at home or stay local.”

Dedicated COVID-19 patrols will be taking place across the county every day, targeting town centres, coastal areas and beauty spots.