The host of a lockdown rule-breaking house party who refused to break it up had a fine dished out by police.
Warwickshire Police confirmed one of the five fines it has given out to people for breaking coronavirus restrictions was after officers were called to a house party.
The location of the party has not been revealed, nor have the reasons for the other four fines handed out so far.
But the force has stressed that while fines are a last resort, officers will use them if needed.
ACC Debbie Tedds said: “While enforcement remains a last resort, we will use it where people are deliberately flouting the restrictions and refuse to co-operate.
“Where we have issued fines, they have essentially been in circumstances where people have not had appropriate reasons for travelling or being out and have refused to co-operate when we have engaged with them. One fine was issued after officers were called to a house party.
“It is vital that people continue to follow the restrictions and slow the spread of this virus. We will continue to protect our communities by following the engage, explain and encourage approach – but we are absolutely prepared to enforce where necessary to protect lives.”
How many others have been fined?
Data released by National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) revealed how many people have been fined between March 27 and April 13.
For West Midlands Police the figure is 139, for Warwickshire the number of people fined is just five.
Barbecues, garden parties and more
Rule breaking garden parties with family and friends were reported across Nuneaton over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Police also revealed a host of ridiculous excuses given for flouting the lockdown.
A family told police officers who challenged them for being at a park during the lockdown that they were out hunting Pokemon.
It was described as the ‘most unbelievable’ reason by officers.
Other excuses given to officers speaking to those out across the country for being outside during the lockdown include:
– Being ‘bored’
– Needing cauliflower for dinner
– Scouring a hedgerow for wild rocket
In Coventry, during the earliest days of the lockdown, officers had to break-up a barbecue in Coventry.
Police in Nuneaton were also forced to tell men who were ‘enjoying the sunshine and a tipple’ to go home.