Partygoers claim they didn't know of pandemic as they 'don't watch the news'

Guests at a house party that was shut down by police have claimed they were ‘unaware of the global pandemic’ because they ‘never watch the news’.

Amid a crackdown on people breaking lockdown rules, officers were sent to a house in Basingstoke, Hampshire, over the weekend after several neighbours reported there was a party going on.

When challenged over why they were breaking lockdown rules, the occupants responded that they were unaware of the restrictions.

A Hampshire Police tweet said: ‘Officers attended address in Basingstoke following several reports of a party at an address, and breaching lockdown guidelines.

‘The occupants were spoken to and claimed to be unaware of the global pandemic, as they never watch the news! #ThereAreNoWords #PoliceControlRoom’

Metro has contacted the force to find out what happened to the people involved.

Police officers across the country were forced to act this weekend after a minority of Brits ignored instructions to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Elsewhere, parties involving up to 40 guests in Hulme, Cheetham Hill and Bolton were all closed down by police and attendees were fined.

Chief Inspector Carol Martin said there is still a ‘minority who think they are above the law’.

He added: ‘It is incredibly frustrating to those abiding by the rules that some people are showing such a blatant disregard for the current regulations. Not only are they putting their own lives and those of their loves ones at stake, they also risk undoing the hard work of everyone else continuing to make the necessary sacrifices at this time.’

In another incident, four friends from different households were fined £200 each after they drove 68 miles to get to McDonald’s. 

They had driven from the Manchester area to Staffordshire to pick up their takeaway.

In London, 49 people were fined for attending a car meet in Romford on Saturday night.

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