At least 13 arrested and 11 issued fines after police break up parties during lockdown

Police have arrested 13 people and issued 11 more with fines after breaking up two parties in Liverpool during coronavirus lockdown.

Merseyside Police said three officers were assaulted after arriving at a house party in Garmoyle Road, Wavertree just before 8:30pm on Saturday.

Eleven people, most who had travelled from Greater Manchester, were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching Covid-19 legislation, the force said.

A 20-year-old woman, from Hyde in Greater Manchester, was also arrested on suspicion of breaching of Covid-19 legislation as well as three counts of assaulting constables.

Just after 1.20am on Sunday, police were also called to Duke Street, after suspicions that a group had forced entry into a property and were holding a party.

Officers on patrol stopped a dark-coloured Audi, which was leaving the scene, and arrested four people in the car on suspicion of burglary.

Eight more people were arrested on suspicion of burglary after officers attended the property, a police spokesman said.

Chief Inspector George Phillips said: “The overwhelming majority of our communities are showing admirable patience and understanding in these difficult times.

“They are selflessly making huge sacrifices for the sake of the NHS as well as the health of themselves and others.

“Unfortunately last night two groups of people did not show the same level of respect for others, and flagrantly ignored Government advice to only travel when essential and to social distance from anyone outside your own household.

“We attended both scenes and took swift action. It is despicable to think that in their efforts to protect the wider public, three of our officers were assaulted.

“Enforcement will always be a last resort, but when people travel to gather in this way with others outside their home we are left with little option but to issue fines and make arrests to protect the wider public.

“I am sure the vast majority of people support this approach and will continue to report any concerns.”

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