The illegal parties attended by dozens that GMP had to shut down last night – Manchester Evening News

Police were forced to break up a number of illegal gatherings last night across Greater Manchester.

A number of parties attended by dozens of people took place right across the region, in direct breach of the coronavirus restrictions that are still in place.

Oldham was placed under tighter restrictions as of midnight today, banning people from meeting other households in any indoor or outdoor area.

Greater Manchester’s nine other boroughs remain under restrictions banning members of separate households meeting in private homes or gardens. The Government announced yesterday that Wigan would be released from the lockdown measures from this Wednesday, August 26.

But on Friday night, GMP posted about a number of gatherings officers had to attend and break up.

These included:

  • An engagement party in Rochdale, where the homeowner was given a fixed penalty notice
  • A child’s birthday party in a private garden in Swinton. The homeowner was given a fixed penalty notice
  • A private address in Beswick, where 20 people ‘believed to be under the influence’ were at a private address
  • A property in Blackley where 12 people in a private garden were dispersed. They claimed they were ‘unaware’ of the extra restrictions as they were not from the region
  • A gathering in a Moss Side ‘licenced property’s’ car park
  • 25 people in a Stockport house were dispersed. The homeowner was given a fixed penalty notice
  • 50 people at a house party in Middleton. The homeowner was given a fixed penalty notice
  • Police attended a house in Gorton where people from ‘multiple households’ were in attendance. The homeowner was given a fixed penalty notice
  • A house party in Heywood with around 25 adults. The homeowner was given a fixed penalty notice
  • 30 teenagers were at a house party in Oldham – the parents were given a fixed penalty notice
  • Adults from seven different households were in attendance at a party in Droylsden – the homeowner was given a fixed penalty notice
  • A wedding party was underway in Rochdale with at least 30 people attending

The lockdown restrictions brought in on July 30 by the government for Greater Manchester remain unchanged.

People from two different households are allowed to meet outdoors in a public space such as a park, if social distancing is observed.

But this does not apply to private gardens, where meetings between different households are prohibited.

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