£10,000 fine for Lancashire party organiser confirms county police force's intent
Lancashire police have confirmed their commitment to clamping down on serious breaches of the coronavirus restrictions after a party organiser was handed a £10,000 fine.
The "shocking" gathering of around 80 people took place in Hyndburn on New Year's Eve.
Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods tweeted that it had been a "very different" New Year's Eve with Lancashire in a Tier 4 lockdown.
He said: "Well done @LancsPolice & @NWAmbulance who dealt with a steady stream of incidents after midnight.
Some shockers tonight e.g. Hyndburn rural property with about 80 young people there @LancsPolice stopped it & organiser reported for £10k fine."
DCC Woods tweeted that officers had been "predictably seeing an increase in reports from public of house parties".
In a series of posts, he said they had received reports of "assaults, house party fights, sadly domestic abuse and people reaching crisis".
He added: "Our commitment to protect Lancashire endures."
The Hyndburn party followed another event on Christmas Day in the area in which 100 people gathered under a motorway bridge in Huncoat.
Lancashire police have said they will deal with serious breaches of the Tier 4 rules.
They have urged the public to only call 999 if it is an emergency. Otherwise use the force's online services if you can.
The web address is https://www.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/v7/tell-us-about-a-possible-breach-of-coronavirus-covid-19-measures/
Meanwhile, Merseyside Police have set up check points to make sure people are sticking to the rules by not travelling into the county from Tier 4 areas
And police have confirmed that more than 100 fines for breaches of Covid-19 regulations were handed out across Gtr Manchester on New Year's Eve
The breaches included a rave at Ince, Wigan, where DJ equipment was seized and a party at a flat the town centre