Police in Lanarkshire attended 200 house parties in the final weeks of 2020 – and that included 81 in the space of just five days.

More than 40 per cent of those took place between December 28 and January 3 as people celebrated bringing in the New Year.

Chief Superintendent Alan Waddell has urged residents to “continue to do the right thing to stop the spread of this virus”.

Chief Superintendent Alan Waddell

Figures obtained under freedom of information laws have revealed the extent of coronavirus rule breaking and the police response - known as Operation Talla - across Lanarkshire in the final five weeks of 2020 from November 30 to January 3.

In total, police attended 200 house parties where 120 people were issued with fixed penalty notices (FPNs) and six arrested.

On 11 occasions, reasonable force was used while 192 people were asked to leave or informed of the coronavirus restrictions and 75 people were warned or instructed to leave.

Most incidents happened in the week between December 28 and January 3 when 81 house parties were attended and 38 FPNs issued.

In the Operation Talla papers obtained following a freedom of information request, two incidents in Lanarkshire where highlighted as “notable”

The first, on Tuesday, December 15, saw police attend “fighting” at a property on Main Street in Wishaw.

One man received a fixed penalty notice for breaching coronavirus regulations, one man received a recorded police warning and one man was arrested in connection with an alleged breach of the peace


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In the second, 12 people - including nine under-16s - were at a house party on Albion Street, Coatbridge on Hogmanay.

Three people - including the householder - were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching coronavirus regulations.