A group of men have been let off with a warning after police spotted them out and about this afternoon.

Basingstoke Rural Police took to Twitter to say that they "bumped into" a group of six men in Mulfords Hill, Tadley.

But rather than issue on-the-spot fines, they decided to take another approach.

"Used the 3Es to engage, explain and encourage with regards to the latest Covid-19 guidance," the post read.

"They were warned of the potential need to move to enforcement if they were seen breaking lockdown restrictions again."

Government guidance says that you can meet one other person from outside your household if you are outdoors.

Public gatherings of more than two people from different households are prohibited in law. There are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household.

If the police believe that you have broken the law – or if you refuse to follow their instructions enforcing the law – a police officer may issue you with a fixed penalty notice of £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days), an increase of £40 from the previous £60 fixed penalty amount. If you have already received a fixed penalty notice, the amount for further offences will then continue to double up to £3,200.