Lockdown fines issued after police raid house party in Eckington on Sheffield-Derbyshire border

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More than a dozen people have been fined after police had to break up a house party in Eckington.

Officers have revealed that they handed out 16 covid fines, when they were called out to the incident, in the town near the border of Sheffield and Derbyshire.

Derbyshire police today revealed that the gathering took place on Saturday, January 16, at the home of a woman in her 20s and saw more than a dozen people packed into the property, in what they described as a clear breach of the current Covid-19 lockdown rules.

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The group, made up of men and women in their late teens and early twenties, were all hit with £200 fines and ordered to leave the address.

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Inspector Nick Booth, one of the officers in charge of the force’s response to COVID-19, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people across Derbyshire are doing exactly the right thing during this lockdown – staying home and saving lives.

“But a selfish few are breaking those rules and putting not only themselves but those most vulnerable to this virus in serious danger.

“This week we have seen the military drafted in to help at Chesterfield hospital due to the massive pressure on our colleagues in the NHS.

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“The doctors and nurses are working day and night, putting their lives on the line, to help care for those struck down by this virus.

“All we ask is that you continue to play your part and help bring the virus under control.”

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