A man has received a £10,000 fine for holding a flat party last weekend.

Police were called to a flat in The Works, Withy Grove, in Manchester City Centre around 12:30am on Sunday November 1 to reports of a 'disturbance' at a property.

Police arrived to find around 50 to 60 people inside a two bedroom flat.

Those in attendance were not social distancing or wearing masks and music was being played on what is described as "commercial-sized speakers".

Police yesterday issued a £10,000 fine to the organiser, a 38-year-old man.

Superintendent Chris Hill, of GMP's City of Manchester district, said: "Though Greater Manchester Police follows national guidance to engage with individuals, explain restrictions and encourage compliance before enforcing, people must take responsibility for their actions and organising this flat party was a clear act of non-compliance which put those in attendance at risk of Covid and could, ultimately, increase demand on the NHS.

"As well as prompting the organiser to reflect on his actions and consider the risks, I hope the issuing of this £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notice warns anyone planning a gathering of more than 30 people of the potential consequences of doing so.

"I would also like to use this opportunity to encourage members of the public to comply with the restrictions which are there to protect everyone, including them and their loved ones, from the virus."