Coronavirus: Breach of the lockdown rules could lead to a fine up to £960 – or prison

POLICE have been given the power to arrest people or fine them up to £960 for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules in England.

A Government said the unprecedented measures were needed to “reduce the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives”.

New public health regulations – which will expire in six months – allow police to instruct people violating the guidelines to go home, leave an area or disperse, and to ensure parents stop their children from breaking the rules.