There will be bigger fines for anyone who breaches the UK's social distancing measures, Boris Johnson has announced.

In his statement this evening, the PM stressed Brits must obey the rules which have been enforced.

He warned: "You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them."

Under current rules aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus, police can issue on-the-spot fines of £60 if someone ignores the lockdown.

The Mirror understands the starting point will now be £100, halved to £50 if paid within 14 days.

It will double for each further repeat offence, up to £3,200.

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Police handed out more than 9,000 fines to people breaching lockdown rules in England and Wales in just four weeks, a rate of one every five minutes.

Of these, 400 were issued to repeat offenders in the four weeks to April 27 - with one fined a shocking six times.

Speaking to the Telegraph last Sunday, a Whitehall source said: "In the next phase of our fight against coronavirus, some of the social distancing measures will be relaxed, others will be toughened up.

Boris Johnson addressing the nation this evening
Police officers patrolling last month

"Hand in hand with the new rules will come tougher enforcement powers for the police to crack down on the small minority who break the rules – and stop them putting everyone else at greater risk.

"We will send a clear signal to the small minority of those breaching the rules that they will not get away with it by increasing the starting point for fines to £100."

It has been almost two months since the UK was forced to follow the restrictions.

"And you have shown the good sense to support those rules overwhelmingly," Mr Johnson said.

"You have put up with all the hardships of that programme of social distancing.

"Because you understand that as things stand, and as the experience of every other country has shown, it’s the only way to defeat the coronavirus - the most vicious threat this country has faced in my lifetime."