'Selfish' host who was slapped with £10,000 fine blasted for coronavirus-flouting party that included a bouncy castle
A ''SELFISH'' host who was slapped with a £10,000 fine has been blasted for holding a coronavirus-flouting party that included a bouncy castle.
Lancashire Police received reports of the party in Kirkham, Fylde at around 7.20pm on Saturday night.
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There were around 45 people at the party, gathered in a marquee with a live band playing and a bouncy castle put up when cops arrived.
Hussain Sooky, 48, who lives nearby, claimed he could still hear loud music coming from the address at about 9pm.
The father-of-two said: “It’s not good when you’ve got a 19-month-old baby.
“Fair play if you’re just having a party for friends and family, but this was obviously bigger.
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“I can’t believe they were so irresponsible because there were kids at party too.
“I understand people want to let their hair down, but rules are rules. It’s all a bit silly.”
Another elderly neighbour said a similar party had been held at the address last year that was “much worse”.
“I did hear some music this time as I was putting my 101-year-old husband to bed around 9pm,” she said.
“Last year was much noisier and there were more cars coming and going.
“But it’s selfish to throw a party really. It’s not on and some people just think they’re above the law.”
Other neighbours told how they’d seen a “huge” marquee being put up outside the house in the days leading up to Saturday’s party so they “knew something big was happening”.
It's selfish to throw a party really. It's not on and some people just think they're above the law
The woman who organised the bash was given a £10,000 fine on the spot.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We would just like to reiterate that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and the rules are there to stop the spread of the virus and to keep everybody safe.
"We want things to go back to normal just as much as you.
"Though our approach has always been to engage with people to explain the rules, and we don’t take enforcement action lightly, we will issue fines for non-compliance where necessary."
Fylde Council tweeted about the party, warning others to stick to the 'rule of six'.
The council tweeted: "If you host an illegal gathering of over six people, you could be fined £10,000.
"Those who attend will face £100 fines, going up to £3,200 for repeat offences."
In Manchester, cops say they were called to more than 400 illegal gatherings over the weekend.
Greater Manchester Police had 245 reports of rules being broken on Friday and another 198 on Saturday, Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey said.
Coronavirus rules in the North West are strict due to a surge in cases in the area.
Meanwhile in Lenton, Notts, a student who was also fined £10,000 for a house party has slammed the “ridiculous” punishment but admitted he was “very sorry” to his neighbours.
Stuart Hawk, 19, is furious over the hefty penalty despite inviting 50 friends over to his flat on Friday night.
He told SunOnline: “This fine is a ridiculous amount. The party got out of hand, for that I am very sorry but it was not meant to offend.”
The politics student, who went to a £30k-a-year school in Worcestershire, blamed a “lapse of judgement” on throwing the party.
But asked if he would be footing the bill himself or if his housemates would chip in, Stuart replied: “I cannot comment, I have been told not to.”
Cops dished the hefty fine for their self-confessed "out of hand" bash just days before the new "rule of six" comes into play.
Blame for a surge in coronavirus cases has increasingly been put on younger people.
This week Health Secretary Matt Hancock pointed the finger at under 25s living in some of the country's richest areas who, he said, were not social distancing.
He told LBC on Monday: "We are seeing problems with social distancing. The rise in cases is largely among younger people, under 25s, especially between 17 and 21.
"The message is that even though you are at lower risk of dying of Covid if you are of that age, you can still have really serious symptoms and consequences.
"Also, you can infect other people."
"Inevitably it leads to older people catching it from them [the young].
"Spreading the disease amongst young people leads to older people getting it.
"It is important for everybody to wash your hands and follow social distancing. It's 'hands, face, space.'"
But critics have hit back arguing that young people cannot shoulder the blame after the Government urged the nation to eat out to help out – a scheme which an Oxford researcher said may be linked to the rise in cases.
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