Teenager arrested after ‘assault on officer’ as police stop illegal gatherings

UK

A teenager has been arrested in Birmingham, accused of assaulting a police officer at an illegal party.

West Midlands Police said they were called to a house party in Oscott, which had between 20 and 30 people there, but gave no further details about the alleged assault.

It was one of 18 calls the force received regarding breaches of coronavirus pandemic laws – mainly house parties – between 10pm and midnight on Saturday.

Among them was a pub in Birmingham hosting a wedding party with a DJ and 60 guests.

Officers said drinks were still being served at midnight, two hours after the curfew. Guests left without a problem and licensing officers “will decide on next steps”, police tweeted.

At 2am, the force said it had directed around 550 people to leave premises at more than 20 locations, due to coronavirus regulations being breached.

“Eight premises will receive a visit from licensing officials for a licence review,” they tweeted. “No fines have been issued but we will if we have to.”

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On Friday evening, police said they moved on about 450 people who were part of big gatherings, while another 250 were forced to leave an event at a hotel in the city.

On Saturday afternoon, official figures showed another 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK during the previous 24-hour period.

On Friday, 6,874 cases were reported, which was the highest single-day figure so far in the pandemic.

Up until Saturday, cases had risen for five successive days – but the weekend sometimes comes with a lag in the number of new infections and deaths being recorded.

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