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Warning not to attend Valentine’s Day events or face being fined



People in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being warned not to attend any gathering or unlicensed music event for Valentine’s Day.

Under the current lockdown restrictions, you cannot leave your home without a reasonable excuse.

Anyone facilitating or organising illegal raves or any other unlawful gathering of 30 people or more could be issued with a £10,000 fine for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

If you attend a house party of more than 15 people, you may be individually fined £800.

If you are caught gathering with people from different households, you may receive an individual fine of £200 or more depending on whether individuals have been repeatedly reported for breaches.

Superintendent Thomas Chisholm, head of neighbourhood policing for Staffordshire and Stoke-on- Trent, said: “We appreciate Valentine’s Day can be a special time for people looking to celebrate with loved ones as well as friends.

“But, it is more important than ever to stick to your social bubble and with those who live in your household as we do all our best to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We have no intelligence as to whether any unlicenced music event is due to take place in the county, however, we want to make sure people continue to do their upmost to follow the rules.

“Officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage compliance to the rules, but in line with Home Office guidance, anyone in severe breach of lockdown rules should expect to receive a fine.

“So please, stay home this Valentine’s, and if you can’t stay home, stay local, to save lives and protect the NHS.”

Anyone concerned about large gatherings in their area or other breaches of Covid-19 national lockdown restrictions should contact Staffordshire Police on Twitter or Facebook, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.





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