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The organiser of a large gathering in Manchester City Centre yesterday has been issued with a £10,000 fine

The organiser of a large gathering in Manchester City Centre over the weekend has been issued with a £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Officers were injured while attempting to peacefully disperse the gathering yesterday (Sunday 8 November 2020), which at its peak saw more than 600 people in attendance at Piccadilly Gardens.

Following enquiries, a 40-year-old man from Trafford has been issued with a £10K FPN.

25 £200 FPNs have now been issued to people who attended the gathering.

Two men, aged 30 and 32, were arrested for beach of the peace and both received a £200 FPN.

A man, aged 40, was arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act. He was also issued with a £200 FPN.

A woman, aged 23, was arrested under Section 4 of the Public Order Act and was released under investigation. She was also issued with a £200 FPN.

Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Mabs Hussain, said: “Ahead of Sunday, officers attempted to engage with the person organising this gathering – warning him of the likely consequences and advising, for his and everyone else’s sake, to abandon his plans.

“However, he decided to ignore this advice and pressed ahead with a reckless and completely irresponsible course of action. He has been left with a significant financial penalty as a result.

“Work is ongoing to identify others who were in attendance at the gathering and blatantly breaching Government restrictions.

“Gatherings such as this increase demand on our officers, who are already working tirelessly in difficult circumstances to help protect our communities.

“Government restrictions on social distancing are in place to control the spread of Covid-19.

“We recognise that these are difficult times, but I would implore everyone to think of their loved ones and do your bit to fight the virus, as well as protecting our NHS, by complying with current restrictions during lockdown.”

Comments 9

  1. tony

    the Police have their hands full drunken idiots over the weekend at the best it times so having to deal with these clowns they all should of bin heavily fined

  2. Margaret Jinkerson

    Well done lets hope other cities follow

  3. Mac Arnold

    Every protestor attending should be fined £200. The police are being put at risk and injured for simply doing their job. Why are people so stupid? They probably won’t accept that it is their responsibility when a member of their own families does as a result of their actions – it will always be someone else’s fault.

  4. Kath

    These people are lacking in commen sense. Why don’t they understand that all’s they are doing us prolonging the Lockdown

  5. P Davies

    Get the army in or the fire brigade to soak them. They might think twice then

  6. Jan

    Should have got a year in jail too

  7. Karen

    Everbody that was there should be fined, everbody knows we are in lockdown!!!!

  8. Brian may

    Should have sprayed em in waste slurry

  9. Elizabeth Clark

    The police obviously can’t count, there were way more than 600 people there. The also need to watch the Facebook live videos taken at the time, which showed them lining up and charging at the crowd, dragging them out one by one and then 4-5 of them jumping on them to detain them. Police stupidity and brutality reigned supreme. We have the human right to protest and a lockdown based on incorrect data and lies shouldn’t change that. Watch the Facebook live videos before you attempt to defend the indefensible.

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