POLICE say they have had reports of groups of youths defying the coronavirus lockdown measures.

Officers today (Saturday) issued a stern warning to parents via the Leigh Greater Manchester Police social media channels. 

Police have had reports of youths on the playing firlds at Lowton High. 

In a statement, GMP Leigh said: "We are still getting reports of people defying the lockdown.

"Please stay at home unless completely necessary to go out.

"Parents, do you know where your children are? A number of the reports we get are about youths gathering together!"

They added: "Report of youths getting on to playing fields at Lowton High.

"Here's the deal, if you can keep your little Ronaldos at home and obey the lockdown, we won't put your names on here when we don't find your children and waste valuable time and resources."