Police break up 30-strong lockdown party at ‘huge’ tented village

Police have had to break up a lockdown party attended by more than 30 people at a ‘huge’ tented village.

Officers from Cheshire Police’s Rural Crime Team assisted their colleagues at Derbyshire Police in dealing with the incident near the Cheshire/Derbyshire border last night.

Patrols attending the incident discovered the crowd set up around a fire, with alcohol bottles and nitrous oxide cannisters littering the ground.

Despite recent lockdown restrictions being eased, mass gatherings are still banned under government guidance.

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A Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team spokesman tweeted: “30+ adults set up just over the border in Derbyshire.

“Cheshire RCT supported Derbyshire Police patrols and ensured the group packed up and moved on.

“A huge tented village set in the trees with alcohol lay around, a fire, and with nitrous oxide cannisters littered.”

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Staffordshire Police have also pledged to clamp down on any such events taking place this weekend.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Tweats said: “With everything else the police are contending with at the moment, this really shouldn’t be one of them.

“It’s precisely what Staffordshire Police will be looking out for today and tomorrow and disrupting straight away – wherever it might be.”

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