Police have issued a warning after a couple broke lockdown rules for the ''coldest ever'' romantic tryst - on Dartmoor at 2am in sub zero temperatures.

Cops warned such 'dangerous liaisons' in public were not permitted during lockdown and reminded randy couples of social distancing.

They caught the saucy pair having sex on the moor in Devon as temperatures dropped below freezing.

Tavistock Police tweeted that such behaviour was in breach of a number of Covid rules.

The tweet sent out just after 2am on Thursday read: "Fornicating under the stars, on the moors, may seem like this years latest romcom, but it is not an essential journey and certainly breaks social distancing guidance.

"Please continue to abide by Covid-19 legislation to help prevent the spread of Covid."

The couples identity has been spared and there was no indication on whether they were given a fine.

But several people replied to the tweet including some congratulating the couple for their actions.

One wrote: "In this weather? Makes you proud to be British."

But for others it was a degree too far. Another member of the public added: "It's a bit cold for that."

Devon and Cornwall Police have been approached for further comment.