A man has been convicted of breaking coronavirus laws less than 24 hours after being arrested.

Hamza Ali was slapped with a £217 fine for breaching the restriction of movement laws the Government has brought in to stop the spread of Covid-19.

This is one of the first convictions in the UK of the new offences, which were passed under emergency legislation.

At least 1,789 people have died from the coronavirus in the UK, with the youngest being a 13-year-old boy.

Brits are banned from gatherings of more than two people, and are only allowed out of the house to buy food and medicine, care for the elderly and one exercise a day.

A police patrol stops to speak to a cyclist in Richmond Park

Ali was spotted by officers gathering with friends in a park in Tameside, Greater Manchester, on Monday.

When cops tried to quiz the people they fled, before trying to meet up again later on.

Officers detained three of the group - including Ali.

He refused to give any details, so was taken to custody and charged.

Ali, of Burlington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, appeared at Stockport Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was ordered to pay £217 in fines and costs for breaching the restriction of movement laws.

Police officers from North Yorkshire Police stop motorists in cars to check that their travel is "essential"

The other two members of the group will appear in front of magistrates at a later date.

This was the second person to be arrested in Tameside under the coronavirus laws in less than 24 hours.

On Monday, Steven Mackie was forced to pay £635 in fines and costs at Tameside Magistrates' Court after admitting breaching the new public health laws.

Mackie, 53, was detained by officers twice within 15 minutes on Saturday for harassing people outside Tesco in Stalybridge, in Greater Manchester.

He refused to leave when asked by officers and became aggressive and abusive.

He was driven to his nearby house on Stamford Street, but within 15 minutes had returned to the supermarket.

Police arrested him and slapped him in the dock on Monday.

Police Community Support officers patrol Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester

PC Martin Jones, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This is (sic)  two incidents where someone has been arrested and appeared in court within a 24 hour period in Tameside.

"As previously explained we will continue to engage and explain the new government guidelines.

"These powers have not been put in place to annoy you, they have been put in place to protect yourselves, your family and the wider community.

"Again, the emergency services are being stretched beyond belief putting their own lives and their families lives at risk.

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"Sadly up and down the country, it will not be just our colleagues at the NHS that will be responding to reports of sudden deaths.

"Every report of a death at home requires police attendance - we are already seeing this increase.

"As always we want to pride ourselves and be professional when dealing with such horrible situations.

"We do not want this additional strain being put on us.

"Please think about your actions and stay indoors unless absolutely necessary."