BEING under lockdown for a fifth consecutive week is frustrating, for sure.

But what's even more annoying - particularly for those of you who are following the rules - must be hearing about those who aren't.

At the moment, there is little that grinds the gears more than finding out about inconsiderate people gathering in groups in the sunshine without a care in the world.

Or reading about a family taking a weekend trip to the Lake District from London or a man from Cumbria travelling to Wales to climb Snowdon (see page five).

Or hearing about people hosting parties or barbecues in their back gardens - not virtually, with friends and relatives on video calls - but in person.

We know it's hard having your freedom taken away and with every passing day, it gets tougher to keep away from the people we love.

But please think about this; the more you go out, the more likely you are to catch or spread the virus.

If you are sticking to the government guidelines and staying indoors, but only leaving your home for essential trips for shopping, work, exercise or to help a vulnerable person, then thank you so much for your efforts.

But if you are trying to find a way around the rules or worse still, flagrantly ignoring them, then please take a long hard look at yourself. You're letting the side down.