POLICE forces across Lancashire have unveiled an online portal for members of the public to report coronavirus incidents, such as shops or businesses that do not abide by face covering regualtions.

Officers hope that this will help control the virus and keep phone lines free for emergencies that urgently require a police response.

However, they have asked that members of the public do not report individuals, in case that person happens to suffer from an invisible illness that prevents them from covering their face, but rather should only do so in cases where businesses appear to be consistently failing to keep to regulations.

A police spokesperson said: "We're working hard with businesses to educate shoppers on the new rules and keep people safe.

"Remember, we're all in this together and we've come too far to undo all the great work done around the county to contain the virus - Let's not have a second lockdown!"

They added: "We'll be working with partners to help them engage with businesses not following the regulations.

"Our officers will be out and about, including shops and supermarkets in their patrols."

This comes after new rules requiring shoppers to wear face coverings to limit the spread of the virus came into effect on Friday.

To report an incident, go to: https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/covid19/.