This is the moment that police broke up a christening party with more than 40 guests, a DJ, and live musicians in a "reckless" breach of Covid rules.
West Midlands Police issued the household in Wolverhampton with a £10,000 fine after officers discovered marquees had been put up in the garden and guests had travelled from as far as London.
When police arrived at the home in Blakenhall on Saturday, October 24, officers were told that there was a "little bit of a party" going on, reports Birmingham Live.
In footage released by police, the man who answered the door said that four people lived at the property, but there were 20 inside.
When an officer told him they needed to leave due Covid-19 rules, he can be heard saying: "Oh my God, I spent too much money on this party.
"Just give me one hour."
Police attempted to explain the rules surrounding large gatherings and the mixing of households, but the man replied: "I don't believe in this virus because it's no harm."
Although the organiser suggested there were 20 guests, officers saw many more people as they ventured into the property and it’s believed more than 40 were present.
"You see how much money I spent now?" the man told officers as they promptly moved on from the illegal gathering.
He added: "I can't afford to pay that," when he was told the household had been served with notice of the £10,000 super fine – which is the first to be dished out to a residential property in the region.
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Superintendent Simon Inglis said: “This was a reckless breach of Covid rules at a time when the deadly virus is spreading and harming our communities.
"It was clearly pre-planned and bringing together this many people at a residential property is not only illegal, but increases the risk of any infections being passed on.
"We’re fully aware this is a really difficult time for people, but we won’t be able to control this disease and return to a sense of normality if we allow such events. This is not about stopping people’s fun and celebrations, but it is about saving lives from this awful virus."
He added: "The vast majority are following the guidelines and having to make personal sacrifices. There are people unable to attend funerals and say goodbye to loved ones while abiding by the restrictions.
“So we must make a stand when we do come across blatant, and unnecessary, breaches such as pre-planned large parties. It is unacceptable and we will take action.”
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Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, added: “Every single one of us has a key role to play in the fight against Covid-19, and the vast majority of Wulfrunians are doing a brilliant job in following the measures which are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“The sacrifices they are making day in, day out, are helping to keep infection rates as low as possible, and I am sure they will be as disgusted as I am at the actions of others who, through their thoughtlessness, are putting people’s lives at risk."
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