Police start issuing heavy fines for flouting Coronavirus regulations
Police were called to a wedding venue in the Old Kent Road, London last Sunday to find that over 200 guests were blatantly flouting the coronavirus regualtions.
Nearby residents had called them as they thought that the address was being burgled.
They found that a wedding reception was taking place and guests had closed the shutters on the property to try and hide from the law.
The police broke up the party and two of the guests were told that they had been reported and would be considered for a fixed penalty fine.
Nicky Arrowsmith, Detective Superintendent, said “This event was a blatant breach of the regulations and could have been a breeding ground for transmitting the virus. There were over 200 people inside, no social distancing and indeed no attempts to make the venue Covid secure, in line with the Government guidelines.”
In a seperate incident a person has been issued a £10,000 fine after police raided a party in a flat in the Angel Meadows area of Manchester to find a party in full swing with bouncers, a DJ and food being served.
They were called out to the property at around 11.20pm on Friday and the organiser was handed the fine, one of the first since Manchester went into Tier 3 restrictions.
Assistant Chief Constableof Greater Manchester Police, Mabs Hussain, said “This party was a blatant disregard of the rules and for public health. It is totally unacceptable in the current crisis the whole world is facing and is not what we want our officers to be spending their time doing.” Infection rates in Manchester are amongst the highest in the country and they were placed in Tier 3 at midnight on Friday.
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