Cumbria Constabulary broke up illegal gatherings this Easter bank holiday weekend both in the Lake District and in towns.

The Lakes Plastic Collective said that it was a "long and busy day" in the countryside this Saturday as the sunshine brought out groups of campers.

The group aims to keep the countryside clean of litter and reported that police had made a number of fines over the weekend as people were found breaking Coronavirus restrictions.

Superintendent Carl Patrick from Cumbria Police said on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning: "We did have a multi-agency response this week and with Cumbria Police, The National Trust, Lake District National Park Authority and Forestry England and it went very well.

"The overwhelming majority of people did follow Coronavirus restrictions and did follow the Government guidance, there was a very small number where, sadly, people didn't.

"There were a small number of incidents and they were dealt with proportionately by ourselves."

Police issued a total of 39 fines for breaches, be it gatherings in homes or in the countryside.

"What we found is some people don't understand the Rule of Six where you can meet friends and family outside or in a garden. That could be up to six people from a number of households or groups of people from two households.

"On one occasion we found a party of 12 people from a multiple households, which isn't allowed."