Eight people have been fined for having a house party at a property in Stoke-on-Trent.
Police officers fined the eight people – five men, aged between 26 and 47, and three women, aged between 21 and 39 – £200 after being called to a property in Tunstall.
Elsewhere four men, two aged 28, one aged, 29 and one aged 39, who were eating takeaway food at tables inside a closed coffee shop in Burslem.
Police officers are now urging families to follow the coronavirus lockdown rules. It comes as a further 208 new positive coronavirus tests have been announced across Stoke-on-Trent.
Yesterday there were 302 positive cases in the city – the biggest one-day spike since the start of the global pandemic.
Staffordshire Police say officers, along with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, will continue to enforce the lockdown rules by visiting premises across the lockdown.
Chief Inspector Rob Hessell, of the Stoke South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “People in Stoke-on-Trent have made enormous sacrifices during the response to this virus and we will continue to target those who continually flout the rules.
“It isn’t fair, and all of those who have tried hard to stop the spread of the virus rightly expect us to do something.
“The majority of the public continue to comply with the rules and appreciate the risk that Covid-19 poses. By working together with local authorities, those who continue to break the rules can expect to have their illegal gatherings dispersed and face the consequences of fines.”
City council leader Abi Brown has backed the plea. She said: “Cases are increasing at an alarming rate and we have a very short window to try and drive down COVID-19 spread within Stoke-on-Trent.
“We need everyone to play their part in tackling the virus – for the good of the economy, our loved ones and for the city. This means people doing the right thing and adhering to the public health guidance. It’s simply not acceptable to not follow the rules and we want to make clear to the small minority that don’t that there are consequences.
“As always, some of our best evidence and information comes from members of the public so we’d urge those who see others not doing what they should, let us or the police know so we can take action. The sooner we curb the spread, the better it will be for us all.”
The English lockdown will last until December 2. Since it was called all non-essential retailers, beauticians, and salons have been ordered to close along with hospitality businesses.
Anyone with any concerns regarding lockdown flouting should email firstname.lastname@example.org.