Merseyside Police have issued a series of fixed penalty notices after 200 partygoers were caught breaching Covid regulations at a Liverpool hotel.
Officers were called to the Richmond Hotel in Hatton Garden in Liverpool city centre at around 3.15am on 31 January, and estimated between 150-200 people were present at four ongoing parties on the premises, with evidence of drug use.
Officers removed everyone who was “not a legitimate guest” within the hotel. Thirteen fixed penalty notices were issued in total and 11 documented warnings were given.
One woman was arrested for breaching coronavirus legislation and for two counts of assaulting a constable, and another man at the location was arrested as he was wanted for a No Bail Warrant.
In addition, three community resolutions were issued for drugs and 20 people were stop-searched under the Misuse of Drugs act.
Chief Superintendent Matt Boyle said: “We are currently in a national lockdown which means people should not be leaving their homes for non-essential reasons or meeting up with other people outside their household or support bubble.
“This sort of behaviour is unbelievable and unacceptable and officers should not be confronted with abuse and violence when attempting to uphold the law which most people are rightly abiding by.”
He added: “I would continue to ask people to please consider their own safety and that of their loved ones. We are all in this together and the laws apply to everyone.
“We all need to do everything we can to protect the NHS and our frontline staff during this deadly pandemic and we will not hesitate to take action when we believe people are flouting the rules.”