Lockdown rule breaker fined four times in Covid-19 hotspot Bolton over parties

A potential super spreader in one of the UK's coronavirus hotspots broke lockdown rules with large gatherings at their house four times, police have said.

The unnamed rule flouter has now been fined a total of £800 for hosting parties at an address in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

The town was recently brought out of strict additional restrictions after the rate of Covid-19 cases in the area fell.

Bolton recorded almost 240 cases per 100,000 people on 2 October, down from 261 cases per 100,000 seven days earlier.

Residents in Greater Manchester are not allowed to host people from outside their household or social bubble in either their home or garden.

Greater Manchester Police said they called to reports of a large gathering at the same property in Pentland Terrace, Bolton on four separate occasions, with the latest event reported at 2am on Sunday morning.

Assistant chief constable Nick Bailey said: “While the vast majority of people in Greater Manchester continue to abide by government legislation, there are some who continue to flout the law.

“I would appeal to this small minority to think of the safety of their nearest and dearest before making decisions that literally risk people’s lives.

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“Should that not be reason enough, I would also remind people of the very stark financial penalties now in place for failing to follow lockdown guidance – with fines doubling for each further breach."

The force reported a "busy weekend" and reported breaches saw officers issue 85 fixed penalty notices, bringing the total the force has issued to 400.

Breaches included a wedding reception in Stockport attended by 60 people and cops issued eight separate fixed penalty notices at a birthday party with 30 guests in Bolton.

Assistant chief constable Bailey added: "I’d like to thank our officers for the dedication and patience during what was a very busy weekend.

“I’d also like to thank the majority of people in Greater Manchester for helping to keep themselves and others safe by continuing to follow government guidance.”

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