Police Issue £10,000 Fine After Breaking Up Birmingham Pub Lock-In

West Midlands Police said they had to issue a £10,000 fine after finding a lock-in at a pub in Birmingham, England, on October 30.

This clip shows police entering the Spotted Dog pub in Digbeth at around 11 pm. They said they arrived to find music blaring and no social distancing measures in place.

Covid-19 restrictions at the time meant that pubs should close at 10 pm, and groups of different households should not have been mixing inside.

When they asked why the gathering took place, police were told it was because people expected the pubs to close down within days.

Police said that it was the ninth time they have had to issue the ‘super-fine’ of £10,000, which is reserved for the most serious breaches of Covid-19 lockdown rules.

Birmingham licensing Sgt Nick Giess said that the gathering was another example of someone who should know Covid-19 restrictions well putting people at risk.

“There were around 40 to 50 people in there, smoking and dancing, and showing no regard for the seriousness of the situation the region and the country finds itself in," Giess said. Credit: West Midlands Police via Storyful