Norfolk councillor dragged out of pool by Tenerife police after defying coronavirus restrictions

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Joanne Rust, a Labour councillor at King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, was holidaying at the Paradise Park Hotel when she ignored pleas to exit the pool.

The 53-year-old, who was Labour’s candidate for the North-West Norfolk parliamentary seat in December, flew to the Canary Island with her husband Marcus on Sunday, March 15 – a day after Spain declared a state of emergency.

Hotel guests were initially permitted to continue using the facilities including swimming pools and restaurants, but could not leave the premises.

But the following day, as restrictions tightened and guests were told to remain in their rooms, Mrs Rust defied the quarantine and began swimming in one of the pools.

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