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COVID-19: Leicester party hosts receive £10,000 fines after welcoming 60 guests into flat

Two people have been fined £10,000 each for holding a flat party with more than 60 guests in Leicester.

Bodycam footage showed officers knocking on the door of the property – which is in a Tier 3 area, where any indoor household mixing is banned – on 12 December.

One of the officers says to the person who opens the door: “Hiya mate, you alright? What’s going on?”

When the officer discovers some 60 people were crowded inside, he exclaims “wooaaah” and orders everyone who does not live there to leave, adding: “The party’s over.”

An officer is later seen telling a host that they will be reported, to which a voice replies: “Yeah.”

Leicestershire Police said they released the footage of the King Street party to “reinforce the message that people must follow the coronavirus rules or they risk being fined”.

The force said that in two weeks, 37 fines worth £23,500 have been issued for COVID-19 rule breaches.

Twenty fixed penalty notices were handed out in relation to a gathering in cars near Leicester General Hospital on Saturday, the force added.

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