Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have fined a number of people for holding illegal gatherings over the weekend. 

Officers saw they are seeing “an increased number of reports” about similar incidents and warn they will take tough enforcement action. 

Superintendent Diane Pownall said: “We are seeing an increased number of reports from members of the public in relation to these illegal gatherings which shows how annoying and frustrating it has become for those who are abiding by the law when they see people blatantly ignoring it.

“We have all had special occasions which we have had to postpone or adapt during the Coronavirus restrictions and lockdown.

“These people are no different than the rest of us but their selfish actions suggest that they think they are above the law.

On Saturday night (14th November) at 6.10pm Merseyside Police were called to an internet rental property on Lace Street, Liverpool city centre, following reports that a party was being held and a large number of people had gathered. Twenty seven people inside the property were issued with fixed penalty notices.

At 12.20am on Sunday 15th November, officers were called to reports of a party at  a property in Oldham Street in Liverpool. Two fixed penalties were issued.

At 7am on Sunday, they were called to Coburg Wharf in Liverpool city centre, following reports a party was being held on a moored boat.

Seven people onboard the boat were issued with fixed penalty notices. A quantity of suspected Class A drugs were also seized.

Superintendent Diane Pownall said: “The law is clear – people should not be gathering in groups with people who are not in their own household or support bubble.

“The restrictions are in place for a reason – to ensure that we can stop the spread of the virus and keep ourselves, our loved ones and other people safe.

“We have constantly sought to engage and explain to the public what the restrictions mean – and as always we would like to thank the people who have done what has been asked of them.

“With our partners we are here to keep everyone safe and we make no apologies for taking action when people choose to break the law.”

Anyone with any information should call Merseyside Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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