Students caught at an illegal house party complaining they were "bored" of lockdown have been branded an "embarrassment" on social media.
Bodycam footage, released by Lancashire Police, shows officers raiding a birthday party in Ormskirk as those gathered protested they just want to have fun, Liverpool ECHO reports.
In the video, party goers plead with police to let them leave with one lad arguing: "It’s not my house."
Another moans: "I want to go home."
When police interview one of the revellers, asking why he’s at a party during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic he replies: "I’m bored and I want to have fun."
Several people fled the property on police arrival – including some out of a window – but the organiser of the party, a woman aged in her 20s, was located and was issued with a £10,000 fixed penalty notice.
Police raided the property on Wigan Road at 2.45am on Sunday (January 31) and found people celebrating at what was believed to be a birthday party.
The video went viral and people blasted the students for their selfishness on Facebook.
One person, who hoped they would be expelled, said: "The second-hand embarrassment is real, hope they’re all kicked out."
"If they are bored then let them go and help out in the hospitals," commented another.
A third user commented: "We all want to have a bit of fun, but most of us have the ability to do as we're asked!"
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Someone else commented: "Tough lesson but quite right. 'I want to have fun,' don't we all?"
Another person added: "They all need to grow up. It's not as if they are the only ones that are bored but that doesn't mean they can break the law."
Supt Karen Edwards, of Lancashire Police, said: "This weekend new Coronavirus regulations were introduced, enabling police to issue increased fines to those in attendance at larger house parties.
"Officers who attended the party in Ormskirk used these powers, and as a result, several fixed penalty notices were given out.
"This party was a blatant breach of the current restrictions, which are in place to prevent the virus from spreading and to keep everybody safe.
"It is unbelievably selfish for anyone to believe they are exempt when so many law-abiding citizens have not seen their friends and family properly in almost a year.
"The people in attendance also gave no thought to the safety of the local community or the officers who had to attend to break up the gathering, not to mention the NHS which is under immense strain.
"It is also shocking that an officer reported being assaulted while dealing with the aftermath of the event."
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