Birthday bash, shop party, poker match and rave – £16k Covid fines handed out in city in one day


Police dished out more than £16k in fines in a single night as they were called to break up a birthday bash, an event inside a shop,  a student rave and a poker match.

Officers attended 32 Covid breach incidents overnight and a total of £16,600 were handed to those breaking the rules amid the third national lockdown.

The majority of the fines were handed out as police disrupted a large party at University accomodation in Birmingham city centre.

Around 50 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued as revellers, including some who travelled from London and Newcastle, gathered at the Canalside block.

Earlier in the night, a party was broken up on Soho Road where shop owners had set up a sound system and were eating and drinking.

A couple of fast food outlets were also found to still be serving customers beyond 11pm.

Cops said they had issued five £1,000 fines overnight- penalties which are usually issued to the organisers of gatherings, or breaches at restaurants/fast food outlets.

Around 20 people were also found at a 30th birthday bash at a house in Kingstanding and 17 men were found to be enjoying a poker night in a tower block. Police said they issued a total of 58 £200 fines to those breaking the rules by attending such gatherings.

People gathered at Canalside student block, Birmingham after a 50-strong party in breach of Covid rules

Inspector Steve Barnes, who was in charge of the operation last night, warned that ‘people are dying’ as he urged people to follow the rules.

He also hit back at criticism that West Midlands Police is using resources to tackle Covid breaches instead of ‘catching criminals’.

“We understand that young people are frustrated at not being able to enjoy themselves and I do feel their pain, but we have to stick to the rules so that we can get back to some sort of normality sooner rather than later,” he said.

“People are dying and we have to prevent the spread of this virus.

“We hear the criticism that some are saying about our actions to police restrictions and, we more than anyone, want to concentrate on catching criminals, so my message is clear – stick to the rules and let us do our job of protecting communities and solving crime.”





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