A lockdown flouting flat party with 'bouncers, DJs and a buffet' was broken up by police in the city centre last night.

More than 50 people attended the illegal gathering in Angel Meadow.

The organiser was fined £10,000, one of the first maximum penalties handed out since Tier 3 restrictions were introduced in Greater Manchester.

Police were called to the flat on Simpson Street at 11.20pm on Friday.

Inside officers discovered DJ mixing decks, 'industrial speakers' and a buffet.

ACC Mabs Hussain, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This party was a blatant disregard of the rules and for public health.

"It is totally unacceptable in the current crisis the whole world is facing and is not what we want our officers to be spending their time doing.

"We had no alternative but to issue the maximum penalty for breaching the legislation on large gatherings and I hope this serves as a reminder to those considering to flout the rules - we will take action.

"The new tier restrictions recently put in place will no doubt have a huge effect on the people of Greater Manchester's lives - but the restrictions are there to save lives.

"While the vast majority of people in Greater Manchester continue to abide by the Government legislation, there are some who continue to flout the law and put lives at risk.

"This is a challenging time for us all and we have to ensure we're working together to reduce the risk posed by the spread of Covid-19."

Police say a total of 52 fines have been handed out since Greater Manchester went into tier 3 restrictions.

City centre councillor Jon-Connor Lyons tweeted: "Last night there was a large (50-100 people) AirBnB flat party in #AngelMeadow with bouncers, DJs and a buffet.

"Police attended and issued the organiser with a £10,000 fine in breach of COVID-19 rules.

"Please report these Covid-breaching parties to the police."

He later tweeted: "We are seeing reports of these come in across the ward.

"I wonder what recent decision imposed by national Government that has led to people drinking and partying in unsafe, unregulated Covid-19 spaces?"  

Airbnb have been approached for comment.