Coronavirus police clampdown: Merseyside officers hand out £10,000 fines for bonfire

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Merseyside Police responded to the scene where large crowds of people had gathered at a bonfire in Woodchurch at 8.50pm on Wednesday.

Officers from Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended but came under attack after several youths threw fireworks toards them, which did not result in any injuries.

Two 36-year-old mean and a 43 year-old woman, all from the Wirral area, were each issued with a fixed penalty notice to pay a £10,000 fine.

Chief Inspector Matthew Moscrop described the incident as a “blatant disregard for Covid-19 restrictions”.

He said police are left with no option but to take strong enforcement action when someone so brazenly flouts legislation.

The police chief also encouraged people to play our role in stopping the spread of coronavirus, with the whole of the UK now entering a month-long national lockdown.

Chief Inspector Moscrop said: “There was a blatant disregard for Covid-19 restrictions, with hundreds of people in attendance drinking alcohol, mixing with other households and ignoring social distancing.

“We have consistently encouraged people to comply with guidance and explained why it is so important. But when someone so brazenly flouts legislation it leaves us with no option but to take strong enforcement action.

“We are continuing to encourage people to continue to follow the restrictions and avoid bonfires on public land tonight but where necessary we will not hesitate to take the same action because the safety of vulnerable people in Merseyside and our key healthcare workers depends on it.

“We have now entered a month of further national restrictions and it is more important than ever that we all play our role in stopping the spread of coronavirus.”

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