Cops slap party host with £10,000 fine after 45 revellers descend on Fylde home in coronavirus crackdown

COPS have slapped a party host with a £10,000 fine in a coronavirus crackdown after 45 revellers descended on a home in Fylde.

Lancashire Police received reports of the party in Dowbridge, Kirkham at around 7.20pm on Saturday night.

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There were around 45 people at the party, gathered in a marquee with a live band playing when cops arrived – breaking strict coronavirus rules.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "As a result, a £10,000 fixed penalty notice was issued to the organiser.

"We would just like to reiterate that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and the rules are there to stop the spread of the virus and to keep everybody safe.

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"We want things to go back to normal just as much as you.

"Though our approach has always been to engage with people to explain the rules, and we don’t take enforcement action lightly, we will issue fines for non-compliance where necessary."

Fylde Council tweeted about the party, warning others to stick to the 'rule of six'.

The council tweeted: "If you host an illegal gathering of over six people, you could be fined £10,000.

"Those who attend will face £100 fines, going up to £3,200 for repeat offences."

Meanwhile in Lenton, Notts, a student who was also fined £10,000 for a house party has slammed the “ridiculous” punishment but admitted he was “very sorry” to his neighbours.

Stuart Hawk, 19, is furious over the hefty penalty despite inviting 50 friends over to his flat on Friday night.

He told SunOnline: “This fine is a ridiculous amount. The party got out of hand, for that I am very sorry but it was not meant to offend.”

The politics student, who went to a £30k-a-year school in Worcestershire, blamed a “lapse of judgement” on throwing the party.

But asked if he would be footing the bill himself or if his housemates would chip in, Stuart replied:  “I cannot comment, I have been told not to.”

Cops dished the hefty fine for their self-confessed "out of hand" bash just days before the new "rule of six" comes into play.

Blame for a surge in coronavirus cases has increasingly been put on younger people.

This week Health Secretary Matt Hancock pointed the finger at under 25s living in some of the country's richest areas who, he said, were not social distancing.

He told LBC on Monday: "We are seeing problems with social distancing. The rise in cases is largely among younger people, under 25s, especially between 17 and 21.

"The message is that even though you are at lower risk of dying of Covid if you are of that age, you can still have really serious symptoms and consequences.

"Also, you can infect other people."

"Inevitably it leads to older people catching it from them [the young].

"Spreading the disease amongst young people leads to older people getting it.

"It is important for everybody to wash your hands and follow social distancing. It's 'hands, face, space.'"

But critics have hit back arguing that young people cannot shoulder the blame after the Government urged the nation to eat out to help out – a scheme which an Oxford researcher said may be linked to the rise in cases.

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