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Coronavirus: Man arrested and fines issued after Surrey Police called to house party

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Coronavirus: Man arrested and fines issued after Surrey Police called to house party

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:57pm 7th April 2020. (Updated at 7:45am 8th April 2020)

Surrey Police issued four fines under the Coronavirus Act and arrested a man after officers were called to a house party on Sunday (5 April).

The force said it took the action as a last resort after those attending the party had ignored government rules on social distancing - aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

It is reported that a number of guests at the party had travelled from outside of Surrey to attend the event at an address in Middlesex Court, Addlestone.

Nearby residents reportedly applauded officers after they took action to shut down the gathering.

Officers attended at around 9pm following several reports about the party, which is said to have caused a significant amount of anti-social behaviour, and found multiple people inside a property who did not live there.

After attempting to engage, explain, and encourage those people to disperse, four people who initially refused to leave were issued with fines under powers given to police officers in the Coronavirus Act and removed from the property.

In addition, a 44 year old man was charged with a public order offence, common assault and drunk and disorderly.

Runnymede Borough Commander, Inspector Nick Pinkerton said:

“It’s disappointing that we had to take enforcement action relating to this house party as the government guidance on social distancing is very clear.

“Our officers tried to engage with those present to ensure the guidelines were observed, but had to subsequently issue fines and make an arrest when it became clear that this approach would not lead to a positive outcome.

“I would very much like to thank the local community for making us aware of this party so that we could resolve this matter and for spontaneously clapping my officers afterwards to show their support for police action.

“The vast majority of people in Runnymede observed the government guidance this weekend and I would like to praise them for doing so.”