Shocking footage has emerged of a wild party attended by about 200 people in a major city with mounting coronavirus cases.
Footage shows revellers in Manchester in the UK packed into a marquee at an illegal party on Saturday night.
Following a spike in coronavirus cases in Greater Manchester, with 154 new cases on Tuesday, lockdown measures were tightened earlier this month, making it illegal for people from different households in virus hotspots to gather at somebody else’s home.
But video taken from a police helicopter shows a total disregard for rules as partygoers ignore social distancing and mingle in a backyard.
The video shows revellers walking up a driveway to a house where hundreds are packed into a yard while others are jumping fences and spilling out of the marquee.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement about 200 people were at the party and slapped the host with a penalty banning any guests from visiting her home for three months.
GMP Inspector Jim Adams said in the statement the incident was “completely unacceptable and incomprehensible”.
“I am pleased that the court has accepted our application to extend the 48-hour closure notice to ensure that there are no further illegal large gatherings at this property,” he said.
“I understand that this is a frustrating time – many of us want to see our loved ones but we need to continue complying. Enforcement is a last resort for GMP but today’s closure order is a warning that officers will take action if/when necessary.”
‘It was out of my hands’
The organiser of the party, Charlene Proham, 27, told the Manchester Evening News the party got out of hand after she invited only 20 people over.
“Over a hundred people showed up at the house, some that I didn’t even know. My house is trashed and things got taken,” she said.
“Obviously, I am sorry but it really was out of my hands, I never planned for that many people to show up.”
Deputy leader of Manchester City Council, Nigel Murphy, said in a statement it was a “particularly flagrant breach of COVID-19 restrictions”.
“It is only if we all play our part by acting responsibly and doing our bit that we will start to see cases coming down, thus avoiding the risk of further restrictions being brought into force,” he said.
“We welcome this tough action, which serves as a reminder that public health must be our first priority and that selfish breaches of the rules will not be tolerated.”
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