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Hot Tub Party Host Told Cops They 'Didn't Know There Was A Pandemic'

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Hot Tub Party Host Told Cops They 'Didn't Know There Was A Pandemic'

Police who put an end to a hot tub party said the host tried to claim they didn't know there was a pandemic going on.

Officers from Gosport Police, Hampshire, were called to a property after receiving reports of a party.

However, when they arrived, they said that one individual wasn't up for playing ball and said they weren't aware of Covid.

Writing on Twitter, a spokesperson went on to say that the person was almost arrested after refusing to give their details.

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Under the current Covid restrictions, people must stay home as much as possible except for a limited number of reasons, such as to go to work, do some exercise, get essentials, or provide care.

This comes after police in London issued over £15,000 in fines when they shut down a 300-strong rave over the weekend.

Acting on intelligence they received about the event, officers raided the gathering under railway arches in Hackney at around 1.30am on Sunday morning (24 January).

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According to reports, police made numerous attempts to engage with organisers, but they were repeatedly ignored, with the doors being locked from the inside to prevent police from getting in.

Police shut down a rave in London recently. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Police shut down a rave in London recently. Credit: Metropolitan Police

It's understood that 78 people were issued with fixed penalty notices amounting to £200 each.

While dozens of those in attendance jumped over fences and walls to escape the officers.

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Chief Superintendent Roy Smith, who attended the incident, said: "This was a serious and blatant breach of the public health regulations and the law in relation to unlicensed music events.

"Officers were forced, yet again, to put their own health at risk to deal with a large group of incredibly selfish people who were tightly packed together in a confined space - providing an ideal opportunity for this deadly virus to spread.

Cops issued over £15,000 in fines to those in attendance. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Cops issued over £15,000 in fines to those in attendance. Credit: Metropolitan Police

"Our frontline officers continue to police this public health crisis with compassion and professionalism but it is completely unacceptable they have to face such needless risks to their own health and to their families too.

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"Whilst we will always seek to engage and explain, the message to those who have a total disregard for the safety of others and breach the law so blatantly is clear, our officers will act swiftly and decisively.

"Not just organisers, but all those present at such illegal parties can expect to be issued a fine."

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Topics: Police, covid, lockdown, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Health, Covid-19

Dominic Smithers
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