Police break up 'party' after catching group drinking during lockdown

A group of people having a ‘party’ were stopped by police who caught them drinking outside a house during lockdown.

They were spoken to in Hardwick, Stockton-on-Tees yesterday.

One man was arrested and taken away in an ambulance. The rest were told to go back to their homes.

Around 20 officers and four paramedics were on scene to deal with the incident which happened when people have been told to observe social distancing to avoid spreading coronavirus.

Boris Johnson told the country that the only reasons for people to leave their homes are to go to work, to exercise once a day, to buy essential supplies and for medical reasons.

Gatherings of more than two people who are not in the same household are banned.

Those who flout the new rules risk a fine.

Police forces across the country have enforced this by breaking up house parties and advising people not to make non-essential journeys.

On Wednesday, four men were fined for throwing a ‘party’ at a reservoir amid the UK coronavirus lockdown.

North Yorkshire Police were called to reports of a group congregating at Cod Beck Reservoir in the North York Moors National Park at around 7.36pm on Wednesday.

The four individuals present were issued notices for breach of Covid-19 conditions.

Last week, a driver was fined after telling police he had driven three hours from Nottingham to London to buy bread ‘because it was £1 cheaper’.

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