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Police patrol Belfast’s Botanic Gardens

Officers are focusing on crowds gathering in breach of coronavirus regulations in Northern Ireland.

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Police have increased patrols (Niall Carson/PA).

Police have increased patrols (Niall Carson/PA).

Police have increased patrols (Niall Carson/PA).

Police have increased patrols to focus on crowds gathering in breach of coronavirus regulations in Northern Ireland.

Officers were present in Botanic Gardens in Belfast on Sunday.

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The rules are designed to limit the spread of infection (Niall Carson/PA)

The rules are designed to limit the spread of infection (Niall Carson/PA)

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The rules are designed to limit the spread of infection (Niall Carson/PA)

Groups sat on the grass enjoying the sunshine, which they are entitled to do as long as they follow rules designed to limit the spread of infection.

Step one of Stormont’s pathway out of lockdown allows as many as six people from different households to meet, as long as they are outdoors – be this in a garden, park or another open space.

People must still adhere to social-distancing rules and remain two metres apart.

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