Banking giant Barclays has announced the closure of yet another Norfolk branch as the number of banks in the county continues to dwindle.

The branch in Market Place, Dereham, is closing its doors on February 15 as its regular in-person customer base falls to just 16 people. 

Barclays said the decision was made because of the rise in online banking, with 88pc of Market Place customers also using the firm's app, website and phone to conduct their personal banking instead of visiting in-store. 

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Another 18pc of customers used other nearby branches in the last 12 months, such as Norwich and King's Lynn.

Barclays said: "Back when we opened this branch, visiting us in person was one of the only ways to do your banking.

"Now, as there are lots of ways to manage your money without even leaving your home, we're seeing many customers choosing to bank using our app, and online or telephone banking.

"This has had a big impact on the number of customers coming in to see us."

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The announcement comes shortly after it was revealed Barclay's Sheringham High Street branch would also be closing in February. 

North Norfolk’s MP Duncan Baker said news of the closure was "devastating" and it would be a "hammer blow" to the community.

The closest Barclays branch will be located in Red Lion Street, Norwich.