UK police raid makeshift nightclub packed with 150 partygoers

Officers fine dozens caught in Birmingham venue with bar, dance floor and DJ

British police fined dozens of people for breaking coronavirus restrictions after officers found 150 guests packed into an illegal nightclub in England at the weekend.

Officers who forced their way into a building in the city of Birmingham on Saturday night discovered the makeshift club with a bar, VIP area and a dance floor with a DJ, West Midlands Police said.

About 150 people occupied two floors of the building, the police said.

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A police video taken with drones showed people trying to flee from the rooftop early on Sunday.

Police said that dozens of people managed to get away but about 70 were given £200 ($278) fines. The DJ could face a £10,000 fine.

West Midlands Police on Saturday also discovered a garage workshop near by that had been turned into a mini pub, with a sign on the wall calling it The Covid Arms.

About a dozen drinkers were allowed to leave but the owner was fined.

The department urged people to remember that England was in lockdown and that the virus was still a threat despite the progress of the UK’s vaccine programme.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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