TWO people have been charged with breaching coronavirus rules after an anti-lockdown protest in Bournemouth.

A 39-year-old man from Poole and a 29-year-old man from Whiteley in Hampshire have been charged with participating in a gathering in a public outdoor place of more than two people and holding or being involved in a gathering of more than 30 people.

They are both due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday January 26 2021.

Hundreds of people marched through the town's Lower Gardens and to Pier Approach early on Saturday afternoon.

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A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "Two people have been charged with breaching Covid-19 legislation in connection with reported protest activity in Bournemouth.

"Officers responded to reports of people gathering in the town centre on Saturday November 21, with a large gathering located in the area of The Square.

Two people were arrested in connection with the incident and subsequently charged with breaches of coronavirus legislation."