COPS found ten people hiding in a cupboard as they busted 50 Covidiot students for throwing house party.
Disgraceful party-goers had travelled hundreds of miles to the gathering in Birmingham on Friday night.
Many of the party goers had travelled hundreds of miles to attend the illegal gatheringCredit: BPM Media
Officers issued 50 fixed penalty notices to the irresponsible studentsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
An officer was assaulted as one student made off and police are now looking at CCTV to identify himCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Ten people were found hiding in the cupboard by police wearing body cams after they were called to a student accommodation in Lower Loveday Street just after midnight.
One cop tells them: “Come on folks, Covid-19 is real. Out you come. You are in breach of Covid, you will be issued with a fine.”
As the group spilled out from the cupboard the police officer said: “Wow, any more?”
In the flat’s kitchen baffled officers discovered yet more students flouting Covid rules.
“Ah, even more. Come on then, folks. Out you come. You’re in breach of Covid. You will be issued with a fine.”
An officer was assaulted as one student made off and police are now looking at CCTV to identify him.
We more than anyone, want to concentrate on catching criminals. Stick to the rules and let us do our job of protecting communities and solving crime.
Inspector Steve Barnes
The force said they will also be working with the university to identify the organiser and help them improve their security to prevent further breaches.
Officers issued 50 fixed penalty notices to the irresponsible students.
Inspector Steve Barnes said: “We understand that young people are frustrated at not being able to enjoy themselves and I do feel their pain.
“But we have to stick to the rules so that we can get back to some sort of normality sooner rather than later.
“People are dying and we have to prevent the spread of this virus.
“We hear the criticism that some are saying about our actions to police restrictions and, we more than anyone, want to concentrate on catching criminals.
“So my message is clear – stick to the rules and let us do our job of protecting communities and solving crime.”
Officers went to 32 Covid breach incidents overnight and a total of 58 £200 fines were issued along with five £1,000 fines.
Earlier in the night a party was broken up on Soho Road in Birmingham where shop owners had set up a sound system and were eating and drinking.
There were around 20 people at a 30th birthday party at a house in the Kingstanding area of the city and two fast food outlets were serving beyond 11pm.
Insp Barnes added: “The vast majority of people are sticking to the rules and therefore helping to reduce the infection rate.
“Let us not be disheartened by the few who choose to do otherwise.”
The officers stressed the importance of taking the virus seriouslyCredit: SWNS:South West News Service