Sunbathers and exercise groups pictured in park in Cardiff during lockdown restrictions

Sunbathers and exercise groups have been pictured enjoying the sunshine during strict lockdown rules at a park in the centre of Cardiff.

Police vans and officers patrolled Roath Park in Cardiff as sunny weather hit the city.

It comes after England's health secretary Matt Hancock warned that if people do not take notice of the rules - to stay at home - then restrictions could be tightened and people could be banned from going outdoors to exercise.

Similar scenes in parks across London saw thousands of people ignoring the "stay at home" guidance to enjoy the weekend's sunshine.

Brockwell Park in Lambeth locked its gates indefinitely after 3,000 people visited on Saturday, “many of them sunbathing or in large groups”.

Large numbers of people were seen sunbathing in a park in London Credit: Twitter/@TammyMcFall

In Cardiff, men and women were seen dressed in gym gear as they carried out group exercises on the green.

Police also approached two men playing with an American football while another park-goer lay on the grass soaking in the summer sun.

Officers from South Wales police drove onto the grass to speak to the members of the public.

Public Health Wales confirmed 12 more deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total number of people who have died to 166.

355 more people have tested positive for the virus. There are now 3,197 cases in Wales, although Public Health Wales said the true number of cases is ''likely to be higher.''