This is the moment police discovered a packed Birmingham pub with a ‘party atmosphere’ which led to the boozer being handed a £10,000 fine.
Police officers arrived at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth on Friday October 30 and found more than 40 drinkers.
They arrived at 11pm to find music still blaring and a party atmosphere, with no social distancing in place, according to the force.
In the video, police enter the packed pub and tell people to start drinking up as they are breaking the law.
And West Midlands Police dished out the maximum fine, some £10,000, to pub bosses.
Customers say “oh sorry” and “oh dear” as officers make their way to find the landlord.
He tells police: “Everyone’s expecting us to be closed down next week. I know everyone in here. My apologies.”
When police tell him he is flouting strict Covid rules he adds: “I was wrong tonight. My apologies.”
West Midlands Police say they issued the £10,000 fine because of the scale of the breach at the Warwick Street pub.
It’s the ninth time West Midlands Police have issued the so-called super fine, which are reserved for the most serious breaches of law.
Birmingham licensing Sgt Nick Giess said: “This was sadly yet another example of someone who should know the restrictions around coronavirus all too well putting people at risk.
“There were around 40 to 50 people in there, smoking and dancing, and showing no regard for the seriousness of the situation the region and the country finds itself in.”