Man Asks Police To 'Give Them An Hour' Before Breaking Up Illegal Party
A dad who threw an illegal Christening party in lockdown begged police to give them 'give them an hour' to carry on celebrating as he'd forked out so much on the shindig.
Unsurprisingly, police did not give them an hour and instead dispersed the 50 guests, handing the baby's parents a £10,000 fine.
Cops in Wolverhampton arrived at the house after loud music was heard - once inside they found a party going on complete with live music, buffet, decks and marquees.
Some of the guest had travelled all the way from London to the bash in the suburb of Blakenhall.
Footage caught on police body cams shows the baby's dad complaining to police that they had spent a lot of money on the party before saying he 'didn't believe in the virus' and asking police to 'give them an hour' before breaking it up.
In the video, he tells police: "I'm christening my small baby, we're just having a bit of a party."
He then admits that only four people live at the property and claims there are 20 guests, although police 50 people were actually present.
In the clip, a police officer can be heard saying: "They need to leave. You are breaching Covid."
To which the dad replies: "I've spent too much money on this party. Give me an hour."
Another cops tells him: "We can't. We are in a pandemic. We hate doing it. We don't want to do it.
"It is hard on everyone. We understand that. But we have to try and protect people. One person in here has the virus - 20 people have it."
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The dad then replies: "I know, but I don't believe in this virus because it's no harm."
The police officer responds: "It's science, there's people on ventilators who can't breathe."
As the footage cuts to the party, the dad can be heard to say: "You see how much money I've spent now."
In the end, the cops were not impressed and West Midlands Police issued the household with a £10,000 fine for breaching Covid rules - it's the first time the force has done so at a residential property.
Superintendent Simon Inglis, from Wolverhampton Police, said: "This was a reckless breach of Covid rules at a time when the deadly virus is spreading and harming our communities.
"It was clearly pre-planned and bringing together this many people at a residential property is not only illegal, but increases the risk of any infections being passed on.
"We're fully aware this is a really difficult time for people, but we won't be able to control this disease and return to a sense of normality if we allow such events.
"This is not about stopping people's fun and celebrations, but it is about saving lives from this awful virus.
"The vast majority are following the guidelines and having to make personal sacrifices.
"There are people unable to attend funerals and say goodbye to loved ones while abiding by the restrictions.
"So we must make a stand when we do come across blatant, and unnecessary, breaches such as pre-planned large parties. It is unacceptable and we will take action."
Featured Image Credit: SWNS
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