BARROW police have ramped up efforts to ensure residents are socially isolating after breaking up a kick-about in the park.

Officers are warning residents to “stay at home” after they caught a group of boys playing football in Barrow Park.

Officers on high visibility foot patrol in the area of Risedale and Newbarns were called to Barrow park to explain to a group of lads that social isolation and football do not go together.

The warning comes after four people in Cumbria have been reported for ignoring new government guidelines across the weekend.

A 24-year-old man from Whitehaven was the first person in West Cumbria to be reported for being in a public area without a lawful reason.

The man had repeatedly been seen out in Whitehaven town centre on Saturday with no reason and officers explained the situation to him numerous times which he ignored.

He was spotted again on Sunday and was returned home by officers who then reported him for the offence.

In a separate incident in Carlisle, three people were reported last night for having a house party with friends, again going against the Covid-19 restrictions that are in place.

Working around the clock Cumbria police said they are trying to tackle blatant disregard for the rules in some cases.

Temporary chief superintendent Rob O’Connor said: “Cumbria Police is making every effort to engage with the public in these unprecedented times.

“This weekend we have seen the residents of Cumbria and tourists complying with the restrictions, with the Lake District and town centres being extremely quiet.

“Police will continue to speak to members of the public and provide information around the government legislation, seeking to gain compliance through communication and collaboration with our communities.

“Officers are aware that the overwhelming majority of our communities are abiding by the rules in order to help us all protect the NHS and the most vulnerable people in society.”