Cops fine punters downing pints at pub and bust up house bash as revellers claim they ‘didn’t know there was a pandemic’

COPS have slapped punters downing pints at a pub – while revellers at a house party claimed they “didn’t know there was a pandemic”.

Met Police busted the the Hackney pub last night, finding a large group inside after Covid claimed more than 1,000 lives yesterday.

Punters had illegally opened a pub in Hackney, east London
Hampshire officers broke up a party in Basingstoke last night

In a tweet, police said they had received reports of a pub open in East London, saying: “On arrival a large group inside. 

“Covid fixed penalty notice given to everyone present!”

Boris Johnson put the nation into its third lockdown this month begging Brits to stay at home in a bid to stop the bug from spreading.

More than 88,590 lives have so far been claimed in the UK by the bug with 3,357,361 Brits having tested positive for the bug.

But despite the dire warnings and climbing death toll, some selfish flouters have continued to throw parties.

And Hampshire officers revealed they were even confronted with Brits claiming they hadn’t heard of the pandemic.

REVELLERS ‘UNAWARE’ OF GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Hampshire officers attended an address in Basingstoke last night following several reports of a party at a residential address breaching lockdown guidelines.

“The occupants were spoken to and claimed to be unaware of the global pandemic, as they never watch the news!” a tweet from Hampshire police read.

They added “#ThereAreNoWords“.

CRACKDOWN ON GATHERING IN SOUTH WALES

Meanwhile in South Wales, officers had issued eight fixed penalty notices after attending a house in the district of Sketty, west of Swansea.

“[officers] located people from different households in a garden shed/converted bar all mixing with each other,” a tweet from South Wales Police read.

Comments on the tweet congratulated police for cracking down on the ‘spreaders’, while others expressed their frustration at people’s inability to follow the rules.

“I’m getting so fed up of this lockdown and it’s never going to end because people can’t follow simple rules,” one user tweeted.

“Irresponsible people. No wonder the numbers keep going up,” another said.

Many Twitter users expressed their frustration at people’s inability to follow the rules

Other rule floaters have been hit with fines for embarking on lengthy journeys across the country which police have deemed “completely unacceptable.

MOTORISTS FINED FOR NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

Four hungry pals who drove a whopping 68 miles to pick up a feast from McDonald’s earlier this month were each hit with a £200 fine for breaching Covid rules.

The group, who were each from different households, was pulled over in Uttoxeter, Staffs., last night after travelling from the Manchester area.

And Meanwhile, a group of people who drove 170 miles “for exercise” on the Jurassic Coast have been handed fines by police, who have dubbed the trip “completely unacceptable”.

The group included seven people who travelled from Coventry to Durdle Door, near Lulworth, Dorset.

They were stopped by police in an encounter pictured by a representative from the local Lulworth Estate, which runs the beauty spot.

A spokesperson for the Lulworth Estate urged people to abide by lockdown rules.

“The police have just had to issue fines to two carloads of people who had driven down from Coventry.”

Dorset Police put their weight behind the warning, reminding people that travelling so far for exercise was “completely unacceptable”.

Two people had been issued fixed penalty notices, police confirmed.

A force spokesman added: “Our officers, including our dedicated Covid-19 patrol officers, will continue to use a ‘4 Es’ approach of escalation, where they will engage, explain and encourage people to follow the regulations.

Police recently warned that they would move quickly to slap lockdown rule breakers with fines. 

“We all know the law by now and know exactly what is the right thing to do, acting assistant chief constable Nigel Harrison said recently.

“It is on every single news channel, radio bulletins and in the newspapers. There’s no escaping the fact that people have been told to stay home.

“It is not acceptable to pick and choose the law you follow and the laws you don’t.

This was “not a dress rehearsal”, Harrison said.

“People will live and die on the actions we all choose.”