UK coronavirus lockdown rule breakers could be arrested by police

People who continue to flout coronavirus lockdown rules will be breaking the law and could be arrested by police, the Home Office has said.

Officers can also tell them to go home, leave or disperse an area and ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking the law.

Those who refuse to comply could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Second-time offenders could be issued a fixed penalty notice of £120, doubling on each further repeat offence.

Those who do not pay the penalty can be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.

It comes as people have already been breaking the rules introduced by the Prime Minister this week.

All public gatherings of more than two people are banned under the measures to curb the spread of the virus.

This includes non-essential shops being forced to shut along with gyms, libraries, churches, hotels and campsites.

Brits were spotted flouting the UK’s coronavirus lockdown on its first day in staggering scenes up and down the country.

The move also means people are only allowed out of their homes to shop for necessities, exercise once a day, or to pick up medicine.

Key workers are also allowed out to travel to work.

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