Police broke up almost a dozen people drinking cider served in a Somerset farm on Saturday and fined the owner £1,000.
A video released by Avon and Somerset Police shows the moment officers caught a member of staff serving alcohol despite Covid-19 restrictions forbidding it.
People inside the premises in Mudgley, near Wedmore, were seen congregated around tables, not socially distancing or wearing face masks.
Above: shocking video of the police discovery
“It was shocking to walk into the premises and find so many people there. Any one of them could have had the virus but been asymptomatic and spread the virus to a number of other households,” said acting Sergeant Matthew Shaqer.
“The COVID-19 regulations are clear that alcohol cannot be served to customers for on-site consumption at this current time. Several people could be seen sat at tables with a glass of cider in a clear breach of the law.”
The business owner told police he was providing customers with samples of cider, which amounts to a breach of the COVID-19 restrictions.
“We will continue to engage with the public, explain the rules and encourage them to comply, but with deliberate flagrant breaches of the legislation people can expect to be fined,” said Sgt Shaqer.
“We appreciate the vast majority of people are however complying with the rules and are making sacrifices to their daily lives to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we thank them for doing so.”
Breaches of COVID-19 regulations that are happening can be reported on 101, while long-standing issues can be reported online.