Party organiser hit with massive £10,000 fine after police raid

Party organiser hit with massive £10,000 fine after police raid

The organiser of a bash attended by more than 50 people has been hit with £10,000 fine for a “blatant disregard” of Covid-19 regulations.

DJ mixing decks, industrial speakers and a buffet were found by officers, with around 50 people in attendance, police said.

Police were called to a flat in Simpson Street, Angel Meadows, Manchester, shortly after 11.20pm on Friday.

The party was closed down and the organiser given a £10,000 fixed penalty notice for breaching coronavirus legislation – one of the first issued since Greater Manchester entered Tier 3 restrictions.

GMP said 52 fines, for a range of rule breaches and of varying amounts, have been handed out since the area’s new alert status came into force on Friday.

Assistant Chief Constable 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.

“We had no alternative but to issue the maximum penalty for breaching the legislation on large gatherings and I hope this serves as a reminder to those considering to flout the rules – we will take action.”

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police officers shut down a wedding party of around 250 guests in a “flagrant breach” of Covid-19 regulations.

The force said officers were called to a venue on Old Kent Road in south London at 8.20pm on October 18 after following concerns from nearby residents.

“It appeared that those attending the ceremony had closed the shutters at the front of the venue, in an attempt to mask the celebration,” the force said in a statement.

Officers dispersed the crowd at the scene, with the bride and one other person, who was not the groom, told they had been reported for the consideration of a fixed penalty notice.

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