Police have been fining people in hotspots such as Hunstanton. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Day trippers to Norfolk’s coastal areas and house parties prompted 160 fines for breaching lockdown rules.

The fixed penalty notices were given to those who had travelled to the coast last weekend – which saw warmer weather – to areas such as Hunstanton, Wells and Sea Palling, north east of Norwich.

Norfolk Police said people had travelled from as far as Leicestershire, London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

Four house parties were also disrupted during the weekend – two were children’s birthday parties in Great Yarmouth.  

A number of adults who were at one of the parties, with more than 15 people, were issued with £800 fines. 

House parties with less than 15 people were found in Attleborough and Thetford which saw those attending receive £200 fines.

And a further 132 people were given warnings and were reminded lockdown measures still remain in place; people must stay at home, only leaving for a reasonable excuse.

The weekend before, February 20 and 21, saw 39 £200 fines issued at Hunstanton – mainly to visitors who had travelled a long distance for a day out and a few for second home owners.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Julie Wvendth said: “We have seen a number of blatant breaches this weekend, many by people who live outside of the county who have travelled to coastal areas. 

“A combination of better weather, lockdown fatigue and the impending easing of restrictions will no doubt influence some people’s behaviour.

“However, the ‘stay at home’ rule remains in place and while the roadmap out of lockdown offers new confidence, we still need to take action now to get us there.”

Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk’s director of public health, said most people in the county had done “an excellent job” of respecting rules and had played a key part in the fall in infections rates.

“It is important that we keep to the rules and stay local to keep numbers of cases down. I know most people will, but where they don’t – I support the police in taking enforcement action,” she said.

Andrew Proctor, chair of the Norfolk Engagement Board and leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “The rules are clear – we must stay in our local area for most things including exercise, in order to curb the spread of the virus. 

“The prime minister has set out a clear roadmap for the coming months and we need everyone in Norfolk to pull together in that time to keep the number of cases low. 

“Now is not the time to ignore the restrictions that are in place for the protection of everyone locally and nationally.”