MORE than 100 people in Hampshire have been handed fines for breaches of the new coronavirus lockdown laws, figures have revealed.

A total of 103 people have been issued fined by police in the county between March 27 and April 13 for alleged breaches of the new lockdown laws.

A total of 3,203 fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown laws were issued by police forces in England between March 27 and April 13, the National Police Chiefs' Council said.

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: "Since the government restrictions were put in place, our officers have been engaging with members of the public as part of their patrols. They have been explaining what is needed from the public and encouraging everyone to keep to the guidelines as this is the best way to protect the NHS and save lives.

“Overall the response from the public has been fantastic and we would like to thank people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for working with us during these uncertain times.

"As shown in the data released today, there have been some instances across our districts where officers have needed to take action against those refusing to comply. It is crucial that we continue to do this.

“For some, we are aware that being at home presents a heightened risk of domestic abuse. I would again like to remind those who are suffering that we are here for them and that they shouldn’t hesitate to call us.”