EXTRA police will be on duty across Hampshire as officers enforce new lockdown laws which aim to halt the spread of Covid-19.

This weekend will be the first real test of the regulations, which require people to stay at home unless they have a valid reason for going out and about.

Police will patrol areas where people flouting the rules are most likely to gather, including parks, car parks and parts of the New Forest.

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: "We are have a responsibility to stop the spread of the virus and make sure that the NHS can continue to function.

"Police will be speaking to members of the public and appropriately challenging them."

Anyone found to be out without good reason is liable to be handed a fine of £60, which reduces to £30 if paid within 14 days, and told to go home.

Listing the limited circumstances in which people are allowed out Mr Chilton said: "They can shop for basic necessities, exercise once a day, get any medical help they require and travel to work - but only if they can't work from home.

"So far the public have been fantastic.

"This is a unique situation which might take a little time to get used to but the general feeling is that people understand the gravity of the situation and understand the need not to leave their home unless it's absolutely necessary."