Group playing banjo and dominoes at Stoke-on-Trent house party broken up by police



Police have broken up a house party at an address in Stoke-on-Trent in the early hours of this morning – despite restrictions on movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officers were called to a property in Hanley earlier today (Tuesday April 7).

Eight people who don’t live at the address were there – with some of the visitors playing the banjo and dominoes.

Staffordshire Police have reiterated their request for the public to comply with government restrictions and not to meet with people outside their households.

People in the UK are currently being asked only to leave their homes for essential supplies, one period of exercise a day, for medical emergencies and for work if they can’t work from home.

This morning a police spokesman said:  “Officers have just attended a house party in Hanley whereby eight visitors to the address were sat around playing the banjo and having a game of dominoes.

“Clearly this is not following the social distancing guidelines and they have been dealt with accordingly.”

There have now, as of 1.43am, been 5,373 deaths of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

A total of 115 cases have now been confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent, along with 570 in the rest of Staffordshire and 196 in Cheshire East – although due to limited testing the overall figures will be far higher.

There are now 51,608 cases of COVID-19 confirmed across the UK –  and Prime Minister Boris Johnson tonight remains on an intensive care ward in London after being admitted to hospital yesterday after his symptoms continued.

More than 1.3million coronavirus cases have now been confirmed worldwide, with 74,565 deaths and 276,259 recoveries reported/

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