COVID-19: Bottles thrown at police called to break up rules-busting party in Liverpool

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Police called to break up a COVID regulations-busting party were threatened and hit with bottles.

The organiser was hit with a £10,000 fine, and 57 others were issued with £200 fixed penalty notices for COVID-19 regulation breaches following the party in Liverpool on Saturday night.

Officers arrived to find many more people than the "rule of six" at the home in the Kirkdale area of the city, along with music equipment and evidence of drug use.

One officer suffered a minor injury.

Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: "Incidents such as this are wholly unacceptable and we will continue to take robust action against anyone who continues to blatantly breaches COVID regulations, which are in place for the benefit of all of our safety.

"Despite the easing of some lockdown measures, the rule of six, or meetings between two households outside only, still applies, and gatherings such as the one seen in Kirkdale last night will not be tolerated under any circumstances."

Police said a 39-year-old man from Kirkdale was arrested and charged with a public order offence and possession of cannabis.

A 32-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a constable in execution of duty and assaulting an emergency worker.

He has since been released under investigation as inquiries continue.