Blackpool birthday party raided by police with more than £24,000 issued in fines

A birthday party was raided by police in Blackpool last night (Friday, March 26) with those found celebrating hit with more than £24,000 in fines.

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 9:15 am
Updated Saturday, 27th March 2021, 10:12 am

The celebration was taking place at a home in Newlands Avenue, off Preston New Road, when it was raided at around 9pm.

Police say more than 30 people had gathered for a person's 21st birthday in breach of Covid restrictions.

Each person in attendance was handed a fine of £800, meaning at least £24,000 in fines were handed out. The stiff penalty applies to all those caught at the gatherings where more than 15 people are present.

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Police attended a house party in Newlands Avenue, Blackpool last night (Friday, March 27) where more than thirty people were found celebrating a 21st birthday party. Pic: Google
Police attended a house party in Newlands Avenue, Blackpool last night (Friday, March 27) where more than thirty people were found celebrating a 21st birthday party. Pic: Google

It is not clear at this stage whether the organiser has been fined £10,000 for hosting the party (the £10,000 fine is issued to those holding gatherings of more than 30 people).

If they have, it would mean more than £35,000 in fines were issued at the party.

PC Ian Lester said: "We have attended a house party on Newlands Avenue, Blackpool where over thirty people were inside a dwelling for a 21st birthday party.

"All participants issued with fixed penalty notices at a cost of £800 each.

"Please be advised that we will continue to issue fines to those who contravene the current regulations that are in place."