Police hit pub with £10,000 superfine after late-night noisy lock-in

Police have fined a pub £10,000 and released footage of their raid after shutting down a lock-in where up to 50 people had gathered.

Officers say they issued the ‘superfine’ at the end of October.

While that was before the current rules closing all pubs, it was during the tiered regulations when pubs had to close by 10pm.

The raid happened at 11pm.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We’ve had to issue yet another £10,000 fine after finding a lock-in at a Birmingham pub, with households mixing inside an hour after it should have shut.

“Our officers arrived at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth at 11pm on Friday 30 October to find music still blaring and a party atmosphere, with no social distancing in place.

Spotted dog

“Officers were told the gathering happened because people were expecting the pub to have to shut within days.

“We’ve now issued a £10,000 fine because of the scale of the breach at the Warwick Street pub.

“It’s the ninth time we’ve issued the so-called super fine, which are reserved for the most serious breaches of law.”

Birmingham licensing Sgt Nick Giess said: “This was sadly yet another example of someone who should know the restrictions around coronavirus all too well putting people at risk.

“There were around 40 to 50 people in there, smoking and dancing, and showing no regard for the seriousness of the situation the region and the country finds itself in.”