Police discovered a packed pub with a “party atmosphere” in Birmingham which led to its owner being handed a £10,000 fine.
Footage shows officers arriving at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth and knocking on the door a few times before someone lets them in.
They arrived at 11pm on October 30 and found more than 40 people drinking with music in the background and with no social distancing in place, Birmingham Live reports.
In the clip, police officers can be seen entering the pub and telling people to go home as they were breaking legislation put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.
They also spoke to the pub bosses who admitted they were breaking the law and apologised.
West Midlands Police dished out the maximum fine of £10,000 to the venue’s owners as they were found breaching the law.
Customers said “oh sorry” and “oh dear” as officers made their way to find the landlord.
He told police: “Everyone’s expecting us to be closed down next week. I know everyone in here. My apologies.”
When police told him he was flouting strict Covid rules he added: “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.”
Before a second lockdown was introduced in England this week, a three-tier system was in place.
At the time, Birmingham was under tier two measures, which prevented different households from mixing indoors.
A further 156 people have died with Covid-19 and 20,572 more positive cases have been confirmed.
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