POLICE officers in Northwich say they are ‘disappointed’ to hear reports that group gatherings are taking place in the town.

This is despite the UK being in ‘lockdown’ in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Currently, all gatherings of more than two people other than those you live with are banned, with police being given additional powers to fine those who do not comply.

But the message does not seem to be getting through to a minority in the town, who continue to gather in certain locations.

In a tweet yesterday, Sunday, Weaver and Cuddington Police said: “Just checked on Owley Woods. Happy to report it is all in order at the moment.

“Disappointed to hear that youths are gathering of a night-time in the woods.

Northwich Guardian:

“Parents please keep your children inside and DON'T allow them to meet up with friends.”

Later the same day, Weaver and Cuddington Police tweeted again, stating: “Following further reports of people gathering, I have attended the Hunts Lock area on two occasions so far today.

“Pleased to say that there were no issues on either visit but please do keep us informed if you see anything that causes concern.”

This follows police monitoring streets in Hartford in recent weeks after receiving similar reports of group gatherings.

Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Cllr Louise Gittins also asked rulebreakers to stop flouting social distancing measures, stating ‘this isn’t a holiday’.