You can be given a £200 Covid fine if you go sledging or have a snowball fight

Police have warned Brits they could face £200 Covid fines for going out sledging or having snowball fights after heavy snowfall blanketed much of the country.

Up to six inches of snow fell in some parts across the weekend but as people flocked outside to enjoy the weather, police were forced to remind everyone "Covid regulations still apply".

Fines of £200 can be dished out to anyone who is outdoors with more than one member of another household with police telling people to make sure they remain in their own bubbles.

On Sunday, Surrey Police tweeted: "We are currently receiving lots of calls and reports relating to snowballs being thrown and people outside sledging.

"Enjoy the snow today but please don't involve other people, particularly more vulnerable residents.

"Please stay safe and remember that Covid regulations do still apply."

Wiltshire Police Inspector Louis McCoy also wrote: "I don't want to be dealing with sledgers and snowball fights.

"There's still a lockdown on. Think about it, don't be tempted."

Cops in the London borough of Merton also wrote: "Sorry to be "that grumpy relative" but with the snow coming down the way it is, please drive carefully.

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"And if you’re going to have a snowball fight, please stick to your bubbles. Also do not eat yellow snow."

The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings for Monday morning, after families and people flocked to parks to enjoy the white stuff despite calls to remain at home.

Londoners took to the capital's parks in Hampstead Heath, Richmond and Primrose Hill and other beauty spots over the weekend.

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The Midlands were forecast to see up to six inches of snow by the end of yesterday, and snow is expected to remain on the ground into this week.

Police came across a huge crowd who had gathered in a park to dance in Sunday's heavy snow.

The group of around 30 people were playing music and dancing in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester, when they were reprimanded by officers for flouting lockdown rules.

Not only had they gathered in huge numbers, but the careless dancers weren't wearing any face coverings and they weren't socially distancing from one another.

One resident said: “There is a lot of anger about what happened. No masks or face covering, no social-distancing at all, no sense.

“The snow has frozen some brains – if those people have any.

“There’s a police station right by the park but that didn’t stop them.”

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