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Childs birthday party broken up by police and four people fined – Liverpool Echo

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A child’s birthday party, a bbq and illegal house party are some of the incidents which have resulted in almost 60 fines handed out by Cheshire Police.

The force said the majority of people are sticking to the strict new Government rules put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.

But a small minority are still continuing to break the rules, leaving officers with “no choice” other than to issue a fine.

Included in these incidents was a child’s birthday party in Warrington, which saw one adult travelling from Birmingham to attend.

Cheshire Police said over the course of last weekend, 58 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued across the county.

In comparison, a total of 21 FPNs were issued across the county in December.

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It said most of these reports related to parties and gatherings. A number of vehicles were also stopped carrying multiple people who were not from the same household or the Cheshire area and were travelling without a reasonable excuse.

Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: “We have been living with some form of restrictions for around 10 months now and we have had to make incredible sacrifices in order to keep the ones we love safe.

“The majority of people living in Cheshire have been sticking to the rules in place and I would like to thank them for doing so.

“However, there is a minority who continue to blatantly and repeatedly flout the rules in place. This is not acceptable.

“Our officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage but when they are met with these persistent rule breakers who have no regard for the safety of others, we must do what we can to protect the NHS and save lives.

“With the new variant of the virus it is now more important than ever that we follow the restrictions in place and do all we can to stop the spread.

“The guidance is clear about staying at home. In Cheshire, we are lucky to have a great amount of green spaces and beauty spots but if we are exercising, we must do our best to keep it local.

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“Officers will do their job in keeping you safe and, in turn, we need you to follow the rules and stick to the guidance, which is in place to help protect you – and others.”

In Crewe, officers had “no choice” but to issue three FPNs after a BBQ was held at a property while in Chester, eight FPNs were issued to people attending a house party after reports of loud music.

In Warrington, four FPNs were issued at a children’s birthday party, with one of the adults having travelled from Birmingham to attend.

The force said: “New regulations were put in place on Wednesday 6 January to ensure people stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel – unless it is for one of the following reasons:

• To shop for basic necessities

• To exercise

• To go to work if you cannot do so from home

• To escape risk of harm

“People can leave their homes to exercise outside alone, with members of the same household, linked household or linked childcare household (for children under the age of 13).

“Residents can also meet with one other person who is not a member of a linked or same household for exercise in a public outdoor space.”

For further advice and guidance please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

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