Watch as police swoop on reports of illegal house party

watch as police swoop on reports of illegal house party - Watch as police swoop on reports of illegal house party

A video shows police officers responding to reports of an illegal house party attended by around 30 people in Bristol last night.

As many as twelve police cars attended the scene on Cheltenham Road, Cotham on Friday (February 19). They were called shortly after 11pm to reports of a house party in progress.

A witness reports seeing people on skateboards leaving the party in Cotham and a video shows police swarming on the streets.

Police say that officers discovered as many as 30 people at a party and one person was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker. He remains in police custody at the time of writing.

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Due to the current coronavirus lockdown, gatherings are banned and one which has 30 people or more could see you fined £10,000.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Officers attended an address on Cheltenham Road, Bristol shortly after 11pm on Friday 19 February following a report of a house party in progress.

“Around 30 people were present at the address.

“A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and breaching Covid-19 regulations.

“He remains in police custody at the time of writing and enquiries are ongoing.”

A witness said they saw around a dozen people on skateboards leaving the building.

They said: “12 police cars attended from about 11.30pm to flats close to Cloak and Dagger pub.

“They arrested one man in particular.

“Then what looked like a party was busted, with about a dozen people will skateboards leaving the building.”

Under the current coronavirus, lockdown restrictions gatherings of any size are banned.

The police can take action against people if they meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

A Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 is issued for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

The government website says if you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

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