Police will issue fines to people who attended two illegal parties as officers continue to crackdown on breaches of Covid-19 regulations across Coventry and Warwickshire.
In Leamington, officers will hand out the new penalties after attending reports of the gatherings in Russell Terrace and Bedford Street last night (Friday, October 2).
Warwickshire Police have also received information about another party potentially taking place in the town tonight and patrols are being put in place to ensure there are no further breaches.
Inspector Dave Valente said: “People attending the parties last night showed a complete disregard for the law and the safety of others.
“The ‘rule of six’ is quite clear and is in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
“Where there are clear and obvious breaches of this rule we will not hesitate to take action.”
The force did not specify the number of fines or how much each amounted to.
Officers from West Midlands Police are also on the lookout for gatherings of more than six, people who don’t wear face coverings in shops and pubs, bars and restaurants opening beyond 10pm.
In a post on social media, the force said: “This weekend we are cracking down on those who flout the law in a bid to help control the spread of the virus.”
Officers are patrolling transport hubs, retail outlets, educational establishments, hospitality venues and open spaces to remind people of the measures in place and issue fines to those breaching them.
West Midlands Police issued its first £10,000 Covid penalty this week to the owner of Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel in Solihull which hosted a funeral party of around 200 people.