Cops issued Covid fines to 17 people after a poker party was busted at a Birmingham tower block.
West Midlands Police said they were initially called to reports of “shouting” and “disorder” at Cambridge Tower, Brindley Drive, just after 3am, on Saturday, January 22.
Officers said they found a group of men “enjoying a poker night” and all were issued with fixed penalty notices.
Taking to Twitter, Brum City Centre Police wrote: “Team one officers attended a city flat to the report of a disorder. On arrival we found 17 males enjoying poker night. All were issued Covid fines. #StaySafe log 422.”
A police spokesperson later told BirminghamLive: “We were called to reports of shouting at a property in Cambridge Tower, Brindley Drive, just after 3am this morning.
“17 people were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices, none of whom admitted to being the home owner.”
The men each received £100 fines – with the much more severe £800 per-person penalties due to be introduced by the Government next week.
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A West Midlands Police chief previously defended the issuing of 671 Covid fines in ten weeks and said: “It’s our responsibility to take action.”
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd revealed the number of fixed penalty notices handed out to the public for breaches since the second lockdown in November.
While one prolific Covid rule breaker, from Birmingham, breached restrictions FOUR times in the region – and received £1,500 worth of fines – for “movement offences” between March 1 and December 1.
The force said they recorded a total of 1,216 “unique people” who were issued with a fixed penalty notice over the same time period.