A group of dancers have caused outrage after breaking lockdown restrictions to gather at a snow-filled park and perform a routine.

The large troupe were filmed dancing to loud music at Spinney Hill Park in Leicester, while failing to wear face masks or socially distance.

Video footage shows around 30 people showing off their moves before apparently being pelted with snowballs by youths on Sunday afternoon.

The concerning incident took place between 3.30pm and 4pm following heavy snowfall earlier in the morning, reports Leicestershire Live.

One resident said there were also large numbers of families enjoying the wintry conditions but, in contrast, were sticking to the lockdown rules that allow for daily exercise.

The group of dancers gathered in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester
The group of dancers gathered in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester

She told Leicestershire Live: "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.”

The group of dancers gathered in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester
A video shows the group dancing to music

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman confirmed officers attended the scene to disperse the crowd who left within minutes.

She said: "Police received a call just before 3.45pm this afternoon (Sunday January 24) reporting a gathering of people in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester.

"A local officer spoke to the group and advised them they were in breach of Covid-19 regulations and advised them to disperse immediately.

"Within minutes of the officer arriving the group separated and left the area.

The group of dancers gathered in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester
Police have confirmed the group quickly dispersed after officers arrived

"No fines were issued."

The East Midlands city was the first to be put into a local lockdown last year after infections began to soar and like in other regions, local health chiefs have repeatedly urged people to remain at home.

The seven-day rate of infection in the city is 564.3 cases per 100,000 - well above the national average of 437.8 cases per 100,000.

Leicester's director of public health recently warned that hospitals were at risk of being overwhelmed by the number of Covid-19 patients being cared for on their wards.

North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen said he had been in touch with chief constable Simon Cole about the incident.

He said: "What chance do we have of controlling the pandemic when this happens.

"No wonder Leicester has been in lockdown since March."