Residents urged to stick to the rules following party in Alderley Edge

Police are urging residents to continue to stick the rules after a large number of fines were issued in the first month of lockdown.

Since lockdown began on 4th January, a total of 685 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued by Cheshire Constabulary.

Over the last weekend alone (Friday 5th to Sunday 7th February) 116 FPNs were issued across the force.

Of this figure, 15 FPNs were issued following a party at an address in Alderley Edge which had been hired through an online booking site.

Officers attended the address at around 8.30pm on Saturday 6th February and spoke with a man who claimed everyone inside was from the same household.

On entering the property, officers found balloons, party banners and alcohol. It was clear that not everyone in attendance were from the same household and that this was a blatant breach of the lockdown restrictions.

Officers explained the lockdown rules to all those inside but some attempted to hide away in cupboards to avoid engaging with police.

Elsewhere, five fines were issued for a party at an address in Crewe, two fines were issued after people from different households were out without reasonable excuse in Widnes and three fines were issued following a gathering at a property in Warrington.

Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: "While the majority of Cheshire residents are abiding to the rules, there are still a minority who are bending and blatantly breaching restrictions which are in place to save lives.

"Officers are risking their own health to protect Cheshire residents from this deadly virus and when they are met by blatant and repeat breaches they will enforce without delay.

"There are many more people in hospital with the virus during this lockdown than at any time during the pandemic. This is why it is so important that people continue to stick to the regulations, we will only get through this health emergency by us all doing the right thing.

"We know that most residents have been incredibly supportive and have assisted our efforts by staying at home and only leaving for the few exemptions outlined by Government. For that, I thank you."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mark Russell
Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 5:14 pm
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: "While the majority of Cheshire residents are abiding to the rules, there are still a minority who are bending and blatantly breaching restrictions which are in place to save lives

Does Jenny not drive around the roads of Cheshire? The m6 is as busy as it normally would be and the local roads are well populated too. It’s utter rot that “majority” are following the rules. Quite clearly it’s the minority now. I wonder if the deputy leader of the council has received a fpn yet?
Simon Worthington
Thursday 11th February 2021 at 11:46 am
Of course people are breaking the "rules" because the rules make no sense. Masks virtually useless. Shut down any conversation about treatments that don't fit the narrative. Censor any disagreement with the assigned view. Disparage any disenter. Call them "covidiots". Other way round. Believers are covzealots. Assume that because there are more cars on the road people are rule breaking. Its not warm or light enough to walk or cycle places. Keep children from socialising and being "educated". Or even playing in the park!! Keep the elderly isolated and lonely. Ruin businesses and jobs by the million. Over 500,000 16-24 year olds now unemployed - up from around 140,000. Ruin any holiday plans, often the only respite from the daily treadmill.
Contrived food shortages next to enforce compliance??
Just remember the on/off button on your personal tracker (phone) when you don't want to be traced. Refuse to interact with any enforcement officer. Refuse to pay any fine and ask for a court appearance.
With a lot of luck and perseverance by those who doubt that governments have our best interests at heart we stand a small chance of some normality.
Mike Jones
Thursday 11th February 2021 at 1:37 pm
@Mark Russell so, following your argument, you’re clearly travelling the M6 and roads of Cheshire yourself if you know they are as busy as ever. Presumably your journeys are essential, whilst those of everyone else are just frivolous.
“Pot calling kettle, pot calling kettle, come in kettle. Over.”
Mark Russell
Thursday 11th February 2021 at 2:05 pm
@mike not only am I a critical worker, but I also cycle around the lanes of Cheshire. Inside the rules my friend.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 11th February 2021 at 5:17 pm
Hmm. Cycling round the potholed lanes of Cheshire in the icy winter risking injury!!! Necessary??
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 11th February 2021 at 6:10 pm
"Masks virtually useless"?

The spreading of this sort of anti-scientific and dangerous mis-information helps to kill people and overload the NHS. Wearing a mask primarily limits the wearer's potential for spreading the virus, but also offer some protection to the wearer, so not wearing one as advised is an act of selfishness.

Here is some scientific truth, from 'Nature':

"To be clear, the science supports using masks, with recent studies suggesting that they could save lives in different ways: research shows that they cut down the chances of both transmitting and catching the coronavirus, and some studies hint that masks might reduce the severity of infection if people do contract the disease."
Jon Williams
Thursday 11th February 2021 at 7:34 pm
If masks are virtually useless Simon, why have the medical profession been using them for years, do you ask the dentist to take it off when having a check up !
Alan Brough
Thursday 11th February 2021 at 9:23 pm
@ Mark Russell,

Difficult to keep up with you.

One minute you’re a dead and buried small business - the next you’re a “key worker”

Which is it?
Mark Russell
Friday 12th February 2021 at 1:09 pm
@simon. Cycling is allowed as per the rules and the main roads are clear of ice. As for the pot holes you need to speak to Cheshire east, good luck.

@alan. I have pivoted my business and now offer a different product that is required for distribution, hence my status. Unfortunately there are plenty of businesses that can not and as such this nonsense of lock downs needs to end. Let’s see if your favourite pub, restaurant and cafe a make it through all this. Mitigate not capitulate.
Simon Worthington
Sunday 14th February 2021 at 4:37 pm
The medical profession is trained in mask use. They are used in medical situations and briefly then quickly disposed of not put in pockets, handbags etc. The general public are not and do not use them in ways that may be of some use.
The risk of bacterial and fungal lung infection plus the increased number of fibres, co2, inhaling of expelled lung waste and the increased risks of tumor growth due to constricted breathing etc persuaded me that an old t shirt filthy from my pocket is not beneficial.
Simon Worthington
Sunday 14th February 2021 at 6:25 pm
Had a look at, very fair piece. Interesting business. Owned by a US media company and very busy "arranging" funding for scientists who persuade them to publish their papers.I'll take this from Cancer Discovery. Hard to find but I have more.One quote

A study published in the journal Cancer Discovery finds that lung cancer progresses when the lungs are forced to regurgitate microbes. Prolonged mask use creates a moist environment that cultivates microbes. This toxic environment not only forces the person to regurgitate their own wastes, but also inundates the lungs with microbes that cause a toxic environment that feeds lung cancer.
Vince Chadwick
Sunday 14th February 2021 at 6:35 pm
So, Simon, you think you know better than the science? If that attitude rebounded only on you that would be fine and Darwinism would deal with it.

But it's not only about you, Simon.
Simon Worthington
Saturday 20th February 2021 at 4:48 pm
No Vince I don't. However the "science" varies. i presume you don't agree with a peer reviewed piece in Cancer Discovery but do agree with a piece in "Nature" which is not. I have requested your medical qualifications previously!!! You will believe in man made climate change next!!!
Improper mask use, especially reuse of the blue things or old t shirts, by the general public is VIRTUALLY useless as the WHO states. I suppose they are wrong.
Vince Chadwick
Saturday 20th February 2021 at 7:52 pm
Simon, you ARE disagreeing with the science, which unequivocally states that masks are a big help in reducing virus spread. That is why, as I have already said, they are very much a vital part of the advice from government to minimise deaths and pressure on NHS ICU wards. Your irresponsible spreading of mis-information on their effectiveness discourages mask wearing. Are you happy with that and its possible consequences?

Of course science changes, because science is 'the best peer-reviewed knowledge we have'. So science moves forward as knowledge, though research and endeavor, advances. As Dara O'Briain said "of course science doesn't know everything. Otherwise it would just... stop".

Your mockery of the concept (against absolutely overwhelming scientific evidence) of the reality of man-made climate change is telling.

Science, or a bunch of amateur conspiracy theorists in an internet echo-chamber? I know which I prefer to believe.
Tony Haluradivth
Sunday 21st February 2021 at 1:07 pm
A certain Jackie Weaver has now lost any goodwill in our household. Why was it necessary to have a sit down meeting with Sky News in her garden recently. Yet more hypocrisy from a paid official, I would be breaking the law if I invited my daughter into the garden for a similar "sit down". Why could Jackie not have done the interview via Zoom as she loves it so much? Is it to milk her "5 minutes"? I am sick of the blatant hypocrisy and SKY News have been part of the media chorus pushing for longer harder lockdown. My daughter wants to see my her mother in the garden for Mother's Day. I have told her that with a camera crew present it is absolutely fine.
Anyone care to defend this behaviour
(below) and point out why it is NOT hypocrisy.