POLICE were forced to break up a football match in the park as Brits flouted coronavirus lockdown rules.

Cops were seen dispersing the group of pals in Roath, Cardiff, as they played in close contact and tackled each other for the ball.

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On Monday Brits were told they could only leave the house to buy essential items, take a bout of exercise per day or go to work if they were a key worker.

But group gatherings – like football matches – were banned altogether.

In Cardiff, officers were quick to step in, having been given powers to arrest people should they need – as well as issuing fines.

TOUGHER MEASURES

Last night Prime Minister warned things would "get worse before they get better," suggesting tougher lockdown measures will be enforced if needed.

In a letter being sent out to British households this week, the PM writes: “It’s important for me to level with you — we know things will get worse before they get better."

He adds: "We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do.”

Meanwhile, a top health chief has warned the lockdown could be force until June.

Professor Neil Ferguson told The Times: “We’re going to have to keep these measures [the full lockdown] in place, in my view, for a significant period of time — probably until the end of May, maybe even early June. May is optimistic.”


STAY AWAY

Despite the stay-at-home warnings, many Brits have been spotted filling parks and beaches across the UK.

In London, joggers and dog walkers crowded Battersea Park, while in Brighton Brits flocked to the seaside.

On Thursday, cops broke up a group of eight pals flouting the lockdown rules with a picnic of kebabs and shisha.

It comes as the UK's coronavirus death toll hit 1,019 yesterday – the biggest 24 hour surge the nation has seen so far.


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