07 Nov Coronavirus: Man fined £10,000 for throwing party with 60 people at his two-bedroom flat | UK News
A man has been given a £10,000 fine for hosting a party with 60 people inside his two-bedroom flat.
Police were called to reports of a disturbance at a residential property in Manchester city centre at around 12.30am last Sunday.
Officers said they found around 50 to 60 people inside the two-bedroom property at The Works in Withy Grove, and none of them were social distancing or wearing face coverings.
Music was also being played through a sound system which included commercial-sized speakers.
Following a review of the evidence, the 38-year-old organiser was issued a £10,000 fixed penalty notice (FPN) on Friday for contravening the requirement not to hold, or be involved in the holding of, a gathering of more than 30 persons in a private dwelling.
Superintendent Chris Hill said the flat party was “a clear act of non-compliance which put those in attendance at risk of COVID and could, ultimately, increase demand on the NHS”.
It comes as four people were issued with fines of £200 each after Kent Police officers broke up a party of around 20 people at a flat in Canterbury.
Kent Police said the illegal gathering was dispersed at around 1.30am on Thursday just after the new lockdown measures in England came into force.
Officers issued £200 FPNs to the organisers of the party – two men and two women who were all in their early 20s.
Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix of Kent Police said: “Hosting large gatherings in the middle of a pandemic, especially on the first day of a new national lockdown, is completely unacceptable and we do not hesitate to take action against those who display such blatant disregard for the coronavirus regulations.”
Earlier this week, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said he was in support of the clamp down on the “tiny minority” of people not adhering to coronavirus lockdown measures.
He said there would be increased fines for repeat offenders.
Police chiefs previously warned people who ignore the rules to be prepared to “face the consequences of greater levels of enforcement”.
There is a £200 fine for every breach, which doubles with every offence up to a maximum of £6,400, as well as £10,000 for large gatherings.