UK police use thermal imagery to end illegal home party with 200 guests

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TORONTO – City officials and police in Manchester, England used thermal imaging cameras to find and disperse an illegal home party attended by some 200 people. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said police arrived at a house in Gorton, a town in north-west England, on the evening of August 15.

A police helicopter armed with heat-sensitive cameras was able to capture the scope of the big house party from above. The footage, which was released by police and corroborated by the Storyful news agency, showed crowds of people gathered side by side in small spaces.

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Officers who responded to the call said they were “bombarded with missiles” after trying to stop the illegal gathering. In an official statement, GMP Inspector Jim Adams said “the incident was totally unacceptable and incomprehensible”.

Adams also said he was happy the court had accepted police demand for an order from Manchester City Council that the residence be closed to anyone except the landlord and tenants for three months.

The police also issued a fixed penalty notice to the party organizer.

Despite a recent easing of coronavirus-related restrictions across the UK, many lockdown measures remain in Greater Manchester, including a ban on assembling more than 30 people. To date, the UK has recorded 323,008 cases of COVID-19 and 41,483 deaths.



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