People urged to report ‘rule of six’ breaches after large group pictured on Sheffield street

Police have encouraged members of the public to report any coronvirus breaches after a photo emerged of people apparently flouting the new rules in Sheffield.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 2:24 pm

This photo, which was reportedly taken on the evening Wednesday, September 16 and has been shared with The Star, shows a large group congregating on Page Hall Road.

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said the force had received no reports of a gathering there that night.

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A large group congregating on Page Hall Road in Sheffield, apparently in breach of the new 'rule of six' restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus

But she added: “We would encourage people to report breaches of current Covid-19 legislation using our online reporting tool in the first instance.”

The Government’s new ‘rule of six’ restrictions came into force on Monday, September 14, following a rise in the number of coronavirus cases being recorded in the UK.

The regulations limit social gatherings indoors and out to a maximum of six people, with only limited exemptions including for work and education.

Police can order groups exceeding that number to disperse and fine individuals £100 for a first offence, doubling each time up to a maximum of £3,200.

This is not the first example of people in Page Hall apparently flouting coronavirus rules, with numerous photos and videos having emerged from the neighbourhood of large gatherings and late-night brawls both during and after lockdown.

In May, extra police were deployed to the area to help prevent breaches, with a number of fines being issued.

Some of the highest numbers of coronavirus deaths in the UK have been recorded in the small north-east suburb, although a direct link to lockdown breaches has not been established.