Covidiots face more than £67,000 in fines after lockdown-breaching boat party

Covidiots who broke lockdown rules to have a boat party in west London face fines totalling more than £67,000.

A total of 72 people face an £800 fixed penalty notice after gathering on the moored boat in North Acton on Saturday night, for attending an indoor gathering of more than 15 people.

The organiser of the party has been identified and faces a £10,000 fine, also for breaching Covid regulations.

It came on a weekend when police had to break up a number of lockdown gatherings all over the country, reports Sky News.

Officers were called to Volt Avenue, North Acton shortly after 11pm following reports of the boat party.

Detective chief inspector Thomas Bowen, of West Area, said: "This was a blatant breach of the coronavirus rules that are in place to save lives and protect the huge pressure on the NHS.

"All the people who attended this event, which appears to have been organised on social media, have quite rightly been reported for the consideration of fines."

Meanwhile, in Merseyside, police discovered around 200 people partying in a hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning and broke up a gathering of nearly 20 people in a gym on Saturday night.

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At 3.15am, officers found around 200 people at the Richmond Hotel in Liverpool city centre where four parties were going on, the force said.

It said 13 fixed penalty notices were issued, 11 documented warnings were given and everyone who was not a legitimate guest at the hotel was removed. One woman was arrested on suspicion of breaking Covid rules and two counts of assaulting a constable.

Chief Superintendent Matt Boyle said: "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."

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Also on Merseyside, 19 gym-goers who were found in Shred Fast Gym in Aintree at 10.30pm on Saturday were also handed fixed penalty notices. They were found not wearing PPE or social distancing, and had travelled from areas including Billinge, Widnes, Wirral and Southport. The business owner was reported to the local authority.

Eighteen "reckless revellers" were among those breaking the rules on Saturday and were fined almost £15,000 after officers interrupted a house party, Essex Police said.

An Essex Police spokesman said officers attended a house in Sewardstonebury at around 5pm on Saturday following reports of a party. Officers were initially refused entry by people inside who claimed to be making a music video. The 18 individuals inside – 17 from London and one from Essex – were fined £800 each following the introduction of higher penalties, the force said.

Deputy chief constable Pippa Mills said: "These selfish individuals not only have no regard for their own safety, but they clearly didn't give a second thought for the safety of the local community, the police officers who had to attend to deal with their reckless behaviour or the NHS who are under unbelievable pressure."

An investigation is underway to establish whether two previous unlawful gatherings at the vacant, rented property were organised by the same person, police said.

New coronavirus regulations came into force in England at 5pm on Friday – which include fines of £800 for people caught at house parties with groups of more than 15 people and will double after each offence, up to a maximum of £6,400 for repeat offenders.

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