Rule of six: police disperse wave of illegal parties before new limit

Rule of six: police disperse wave of illegal parties before new limit

  • Dozens sent home and fines issued, with up to 70 people caught attending gathering in Mottram, Greater Manchester

Police have dispersed illegal gatherings overnight as revellers make the most of the final weekend before “rule of six” coronavirus restrictions come into force.

Greater Manchester police said they closed down illegal gatherings at properties in Altrincham and Flixton on Saturday night, as well as a large gathering of around 70 people in Mottram.

Fixed penalty notices were issued at each of the incidents as current rules only allow groups of up to 30 to meet.

The interventions came a few hours after officers attended a gathering at an address in Stockport that had 45 people in attendance, and another address in north Manchester to which they had been called on two previous occasions.

Earlier, Nottinghamshire police issued a teenager with a £10,000 fine for hosting a house party in Lenton that saw more than 50 guests gather at a home on Harlaxton Drive. The force said if the 19-year-old man failed to pay or contested the fine he would appear before a court.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, from Nottinghamshire police, warned anyone thinking of hosting parties ahead of the changes on Monday – when social gatherings in England will be limited to groups of six people both indoors and outdoors – to think again or face the consequences.