The owner of a house where police broke up a party in breach of Covid-19 restrictions told officers he ‘couldn’t see what the problem was’.
The man astonishingly told police he ‘wasn’t aware any restrictions were in place’.
Police chiefs meanwhile have urged people to avoid a ‘party weekend’ as the ‘rule of six’ restrictions come into force next week.
Greater Manchester Police’s city centre division revealed details and said more than 30 people were at the house party held in the city centre on Friday night.
It comes as police in Bolton, which has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the country, crashed a wedding party with around 100 people in attendance on Friday.
Police also attended a 60th birthday in Bolton in breach of guidelines.
Fixed penalty notices were handed out on both occaisions.
It’s understood the owner of the house where the wedding party was held was issued with a fine, but no further details have been revealed.
New laws come into force from Monday banning social gatherings of more than six people across England in the wake of increasing coronavirus infection rates.
Cases have continued to rocket across Greater Manchester since Monday.
Bolton’s infection rate is now six times the national average, at 179 cases per 100,000 people. The borough has a positivity rate of around 10 per cent, according to latest statistics, three times the level ministers generally feel comfortable with.
Tameside’s numbers have doubled in seven days, now also creeping towards a rate of 100, as have those in Bury and Stockport.
Eight of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs are showing rising week-on-week trends.
GMP City Centre revealed details of the house party on social media.
It’s understood the owner was issued with a fixed penalty fine.
All those in attendance were asked to leave.
The force posted: “Officers came across a house party in the city centre with over 30 partygoers.
“The occupant claimed he wasn’t aware there were any Covid restrictions in place and couldn’t see what the problem was.
“People dispersed and fixed penalty notice issued.”
No exact location was given by the force.
The chairman of the body representing rank and file police officers urged people to look after each other and avoid parties ahead of the introduction of the new rules.
John Apter, of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “There is a real risk some members of the public will take advantage of the current situation and treat this weekend as a party weekend ahead of the tighter restrictions being introduced on Monday.”
Coronavirus cases in the UK have risen to the highest level since mid-May, with a total of 3,539 new cases recorded on Friday.
It is the highest daily figure since May 17 and Public Health England’s medical director Professor Yvonne Doyle warned it is a reminder of the ‘ongoing risk as the virus spreads throughout the UK’.
The figure rose sharply from 2,919 the previous day and most cases are people who have been tested in the community.