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Police warning for birdwatchers to adhere to Covid regulations after rare sighting - Wells

Police are warning people not to breach Covid health and safety regulations as birdwatchers gathered to see a rare bird in Wells-next-the-Sea today.

Officers are attending the scene after reports at around 8.40am this morning (17 October 2020) of more than 100 birdwatchers gathering, not social distancing and blocking roads in order to view the bird in the Stiffkey area.

Chief Superintendent Chris Balmer said: “We would ask that people do not continue to attend the location as we have had to remind many of the Covid regulations. People may arrive on their own but some have started to gather in groups larger than six to be able to see the bird.  This is a breach of the law.  In the first instance officers will engage, explain and encourage people to leave but enforcement is an option and we will be issuing fixed penalty notices should people not comply. We want everyone in Norfolk to remain safe and this means everyone needs to adhere to the regulations.”