A young boy was found wandering the streets alone wearing just his pyjamas during the coronavirus lockdown this morning.

The lad, believed to be eight or nine, was spotted by shocked onlookers in Aintree, Liverpool wearing Harry Potter pyjamas and slippers and carrying a backpack at about 7:45am.

Liverpool Echo reports concerned police asked employees at Aintree train station to keep an eye out for the boy, who was out on the streets alone for 40 minutes before being found.

One Twitter user said an eight-year-old boy "in Harry Potter PJs and slippers carrying a backpack" had been missing since 7am.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "We were called at 7.45am over the concern for safety of a child seen wandering around the Ormskirk Road area of Aintree.

"We did make enquiries at Aintree station but the boy, aged 8 or 9, was found in Warbreck Moor at the junction with Warbreck Avenue at 8.25am. He has been taken home."

The concerning incident comes less than a week into the UK's lockdown over Covid-19.

Brits have been told to work from home unless they are a key worker, and should only leave their homes to buy food or medicine or to exercise alone.

New emergency police powers were introduced on Thursday giving officers the ability to fine or arrest people found not to be complying with new social distancing orders.

Cheshire Police was forced to remind parents that their children risk both coronavirus and a criminal record if they continue to gather in large groups, after officers were called to Stanneyfields Park in Neston at 7pm after reports of 10 youths standing together.

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Merseyside Police officers in Wirral also appealed to the public not to gather outside.

Officers can tell lockdown rule-breakers to go home, leave or disperse an area and ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking the law.

Those who refuse to comply could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Second-time offenders could be issued a fixed penalty notice of £120, doubling on each further repeat offence.

Those who do not pay the penalty can be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.

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