POLICE are urging members of the public to report coronavirus rule breaches as part of a crackdown.

Gatherings of more than six people are now prohibited - indoors or outdoors - and officers say they will work with other organisations to help limit the spread of Covid-19 infection.

Residents who witness rule breaches are being asked to contact police and report them, and say fines will be issued if necessary.

A Hampshire Constabulary statement says: "Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage, explain and encourage people to comply with the regulations, and this will continue. 

"We will use common sense and discretion to determine what is reasonable.

"As a last resort, we will enforce, whether it’s by directing people to leave an area, or issuing a fine. We have found that the majority of breaches reported to us can be resolved without having to issue a fine.

"As you will expect, we have proportionate plans in place with dedicated patrols, and we will be out in our communities, speaking to people and making sure they understand what is required."

To report a coronavirus rule breach to police, click here.

In an emergency, call 999.