Coronavirus: Police break up 'massive' karaoke party during lockdown

Peter Stubley
An extensive buffet was available at the karaoke lockdown party in Normanton, Derbyshire: PA

Police have revealed their "absolute shock" to discover a "massive” party - with complete with karaoke and a buffet - in Derbyshire during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Officers found 25 people celebrating at a house in Normanton on Saturday night in breach of new rules designed to slow down the spread of the deadly disease.

Photographs posted on social media by the force showed a table loaded with food and drink and two large speakers stacked next to the wall.

An extensive buffet was available at the karaoke lockdown party in Normanton, Derbyshire (PA)

Derbyshire Police said the officers issued “strong words of advice” to those involved but took no further action.

“It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the government advice and rules,” said the Derbyshire Police response team involved.

“Officers have just attended an address in absolute shock to find 25 adults and children having a massive party with speakers and karaoke.

“Everyone dispersed and hosts dealt with.”

The Derbyshire force has been active on social media demonstrating its attempts to enforce government regulations on social distancing and staying at home.

Earlier this week its officers used drones to film ramblers and dog walkers in the Peak District, arguing the activity was “not essential” and should be avoided.

The force also used black dye to discolour a toxic “blue lagoon” near Buxton following reports that people were gathering at the disused quarry during the sunny weather.

Additional reporting by agencies

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