A HOUSE party has been raided by police and organisers fined £30,000 for breaking coronavirus restrictions.

More than 50 people were found at the Reading house party which was hosted on the eve of lockdown 2.0.

Thames Valley Police said many people were intoxicated when they arrived on Wednesday, November 4, with music blaring throughout.

Coronavirus restrictions, at the time, forbid any social groups of more than six people at a gathering indoors or outdoors - this has now changed as further lockdown restrictions were imposed Thursday.

Officers sent party-goers home and the three residents of the house - believed to be organisers - were fined £10,000 each.

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Chief Superintendent Rob France, Gold Commander for Thames Valley Police’s response to Coronavirus, said it was a 'blatant disregard' of the rules.

He added: "Cases of coronavirus are once again increasing and with that, the risk to lives.

“As such we all have our part to play in following the measures and the law in place to help stop the spread of this indiscriminate virus.

“We would rather not have to issue fines such as these, however in this case our officers encountered a blatant disregard for the rules that are in place and this party posed a clear risk of transmission of the virus within the Reading community."

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The latest figures from Public Health England say there have been a total of 1,813 positive Covid-19 tests in Reading - the latest daily total being 35 cases.

The most recent seven-day total for Reading up to Oct 31 is 222 cases, the week prior to this being 192 positive cases.

Chief Superintendent France added: "Not only do breaches of this kind put people at risk from a health perspective, but they put pressure on policing resources taking them away from people who may be in urgent need of help.

“Our officers will continue to engage, encourage and explain the regulations to our communities however where we encounter people who we feel are flagrantly ignoring them we will look to enforce be it through dispersal, fines or even arrest.

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“It is clear to us that the vast majority of the people in the Thames Valley are doing what they can to do the right thing and we continue to be hugely grateful to them for the sacrifices they are making to protect us all.

“We are committed to working with our partners, businesses and the public to make our communities safer and help stop the spread of this deadly virus.”