Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

Police bust illegal birthday party and fine the organisers £10,000

Police stormed in on a birthday party of 60 revellers, slapping the organisers with a whopping £10,000 fine.

Body-cam footage showed officers break up the elaborate bash hosted at a function room in Bilston, in Wolverhampton on October 30.

The room, decorated with balloon arches and fairy lights, was equipped with a large music system and tables crammed with bottles of booze and party food.

The organisers were slapped with a £10,000 fine for breaching Covid-19 restrictions.

West Midlands Police said around 60 guests were seen pouring out the illegal party which broke rules on gatherings and social distancing.

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One reveller is heard admitting to cops: “It was a birthday party.”

The officer replies: “A birthday party. Oh dear.”

Police also found a card reader and a drawer stuffed with cash suggesting an unlicensed bar was being run.

An officer is heard saying: “They’ve got a card machine so they must have some paperwork here.

“Look at this cash.”

Superintendent Simon Inglis said: "It’s with regret that we’ve had to issue another, £10,000 fine, but this was a blatant breach of coronavirus law.

"But at a critical time for the health of the city, I think the vast majority of the community would agree it was necessary to do so on this occasion.

"We need to be really clear to those people who are thinking of arranging or attending such event that we will take action to protect the community.

"As well as issuing fines to those who arrange such events, those who attend also face the risk of individual fines, and we will not think twice about issuing them when necessary.

"Overall our aim is to help the community and be there when they need us rather than issuing fines for breaches of the regulations.

"However we will continue to stand alongside our key public health stakeholders as well as the community and issue fines when required to ensure that people comply with the rules and keep the community safe"

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We all have a key role to play in the fight against Covid-19, and the vast majority of Wulfrunians have worked incredibly hard over the last few months to prevent the spread of the virus.

"Arranging and taking part in a rave like this contravenes just about every Covid-19 regulation going, and I am sure law abiding residents will be as disgusted as I am at the actions of others who, through their thoughtlessness, are putting people's lives at risk."

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