A hot tub party host claimed he “didn’t believe” in lockdown rules when he was busted by police.

Officers found guests believed to be from up to five different households when they were alerted to the party in the Forest Town area of Nottingham on Saturday night.

Police said the party host initially refused to give his details and allegedly told officers he did not believe in the Covid-19 legislation.

The 32-year-old man, who was also being "obstructive", was reported for summons to court and six people at the party were sent home, NottingahamLive reports.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper from Nottingham Police said: "I find it pretty astonishing that anyone would think it is okay to behave in this sort of way when there has been clear guidance given around not mixing households.

“We are still very much in a lockdown as a nation and we need to keep abiding by these laws. Covid is real and has the potential to kill people and we cannot forget this.

The hot tub party host will be hauled before the courts

“Everyone has to do their bit to limit the spread of the virus and keep people safe.

"Our approach has always been to engage, explain and encourage people to act responsibly, but we won’t hesitate to use enforcement action where necessary as we continue to do all we can to protect our communities."

In a separate incident Nottingham Police fined a homeowner for hosting a party in the Layton Burroughs area during the early hours of Wednesday.

A total of 17 people were found mixing from different households inside the property.

The homeowner was issued with a fixed penalty notice and the other people present were asked to leave immediately.