A senior councillor said she was “appalled” to see people ignoring rules around social distancing and urged everyone to obey them to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, responsible for the environment at Brent Council, criticised those who went against government guidelines over the weekend.

During the sunny weather, people were seen meeting in large groups or using sports courts that had been closed off.

This is despite clear government guidance that people should only leave the house where necessary – for food, medical needs, work or daily exercise.

People have also been told to stay at least two metres away from those outside their household to help combat the spread of Covid-19.

Cllr Sheth said: “Thank you to everyone who did the right thing and stayed home over the weekend.

“We are being asked to socially distance to save lives. So, I am appalled that some are still flouting those rules.

“Despite locks, tape and very clear signs, we still saw groups breaking into locked games areas.

“I’m incredibly grateful to the police and enforcement officers who have been out dispersing groups, but we need everybody to take their responsibility to their community seriously. Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

With further good weather expected over the coming weeks, as well as two bank holidays, local authorities are urging people to heed government advice around social distancing.

In neighbouring Harrow, council leader Cllr Graham Henson said it could be forced to close parks if people continue to flout the rules.