Lancashire Constabulary have slapped 35 people with a fine after they failed to follow social distancing rules put in place to protect people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods has revealed that penalty notices are being handed out for those who are refusing to keep within the new rules laid out on Monday (March 23).

All of the people, he said, chose to ignore officers' requests and advice.

On Twitter he said: "35 fines issued overnight in Lancashire for people ignoring #StayAtHomeAndStaySafe rules. These people ignored officers request and advice therefore issued penalty tickets and given no choice but to go home."

Blackburn and Darwen police also revealed that yesterday alone they handed out 25 penalty notices for this reason.

They released a statement this morning (March 28), saying: "Team 4, Immediate Response at Blackburn have tonight been patrolling Blackburn, Darwen and Hyndburn to ensure people are keeping to the social distancing and staying indoors to protect our nhs.

"During the night, the vast majority stayed indoors but the message wasnt heard by all and 25 fixed penalty notices have had to be handed out. We shall be out again tonight as a team looking to engage, educate and if necessary, enforce."

On Monday night, Boris Johnson announced the stricter measures, which he put in place for at least three weeks.

The Prime Minister urged everyone to stay at home except for the follow four reasons:

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These reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Blackburn Police revealed that they have been inundated with calls from people who are unsure as to whether they should leave the house.

They said: "Please help us to prioritise and keep people safe by not calling us unless it’s an emergency or you need a specific police response.

"This includes not calling us with questions about whether you can/can’t visit relatives or feed livestock and reporting issues with your employer or their protective measures in place. If you have questions about businesses continuing to operate, trading standards and your local authority are the lead agency on this."