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Used toilet paper left in Norfolk village as tourists head to seaside

Most of the village's facilities remain closed Credit: ITV Anglia

A North Norfolk village has been left to clear up toilet paper and human waste from visitors to the beach.

The warm weather has seen an influx of visitors to Weybourne near Cromer.

The parish council have reported that fishermen have been staying overnight on the beach, and toilet roll has filled hedgerows.

Police have been patrolling popular coastal areas Credit: ITV Anglia

In Great Yarmouth, the authorities are still urging visitors to stay away from the resort but will open some public toilets for the Bank Holiday weekend.

The local council is reinforcing the message that seafront car parks remain closed, along with tourist attractions, hotels, holiday parks and campsites.

"A big thank you to the vast majority of our usual tourists who listened to our clear advice, acted responsibly and stayed away last weekend. While we can’t stop people from coming, ‘stay away, save lives’ is still Great Yarmouth’s clear message.

“With the bank holiday weekend and second week of relaxed restrictions bringing the increased possibility of more tourists venturing further afield, we have decided to re-open a limited number of seafront toilets at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston for emergency use in the interests of public health, which remains our top priority.

“Provision of hand sanitiser in those toilets and more regular cleansing, along with posters encouraging hand-washing and social distancing, will help to manage the risk of inflection as far as practically possible."

– Cllr Carl Smith, Leader, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Great Yarmouth is re-opening some of its public toilets for the Bank Holiday weekend but is still urging visitors to stay away. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In Weybourne, Lyndon Swift, co-landlord of The Ship Inn, said the government have "opened the floodgates" by easing the lockdown measures too quickly.

He added: "We can't blame the people for wanting to be out, the message was too early and too free.

"There were families and large groups of people coming down, sitting and having drinks and having picnics, that were obviously not from the same household."

Visitors have also impacted the mental health of the village's elderly residents, Mr Swift added.

"We have an elderly population who are already anxious and their anxiety levels were heightened by the number of visitors arriving," he said.

The government guidelines allow people to travel as far as they like within England Credit: ITV Anglia

Calls for people to stay away have been backed by the Norfolk Coast Partnership.

Manager Estelle Hook said: "In many places on the coast there is not the infrastructure to support the necessary social distancing or to ensure that visitors have the facilities they would usually expect, such as car parks or toilets."

She added that the organisations responsible for looking after the coastline want to welcome back visitors "but at the present time it is safer to stay away".

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