A father has been fined after his son refused to remain indoors during the coronavirus lockdown.

The neighbourhood policing team in the Blakenall area of Walsall said the youngster had been out three times, prompting a warning to the boy's father.

But he was unable to prevent his son from going out for a fourth time, leaving the force with "no option but to issue a fine".

West Midlands Police said the penalty could be doubled and reach £960 if the teenager continues to go outside without good reason.

Commenting on the fine, Sergeant Stephen Pursglove of Walsall Police said:

"The youth has now come to our attention on four separate occasions when he has been outside without good reason.

Sergeant Stephen Pursglove

Reiterating the force's plea to stay at home, Sgt Pursglove added:

"We urge everyone to stay at home and only go out for a short period of exercise once a day, or to go to the shop for essential items or travel to work where it is not possible to work from home."

Sergeant Stephen Pursglove

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