A shisha bar has been fined £ 10,000 after police body camera footage captured hundreds of people crammed inside the hall.
Workers at the Kasablanca Shisha Lounge in Birmingham can be seen trying to close the shutters of officers upon their arrival at the scene on September 30.
The nightclub also turned off their music and told patrons to shut up in a bizarre attempt to avoid detection.
It comes as agents in London put an end to an illegal rave with hundreds of revelers in an abandoned warehouse.
Workers at the Kasablanca Shisha Lounge in Birmingham attempted to close the shutters of officers upon arrival at the scene on September 30
After police entered Birmingham’s shisha lounge, officers found 250 people crammed inside showing ‘no regard for current legislation’.
A WPC can be heard in the footage telling the owner, ‘Closing the shutters to turn off the music doesn’t make any difference, we’ve got everything on the camera.
“Everyone here should wear a mask. You work behind here. You have a duty to make sure that the people here follow the guidelines.
“People shouldn’t be in a group at the cash register. As soon as the one checking the shutters saw the police, they closed the shutters.
“ I then stood at that door and heard them turn down the music and tell everyone to shut up. I can hear it through the door, I’m not stupid.
A WPC can be heard in the footage telling the owner: ‘Closing the shutters to turn off the music doesn’t make any difference, we’ve got everything on the camera’
An investigation was opened and last Friday its owner was fined £ 10,000 for facilitating the event and for flouting the Covid-19 restrictions.
It was the second location in the West Midlands to be hit with a heavy fine this weekend after police scolded an illegal rave in Walsall.
He was discovered by officers on patrol in a unit in Phoenix Business Park on Stafford Street at 12:30 p.m. on September 14.
Officers tried to enter to see what was going on as the shutters closed on the face.
Soon after, a number of people tried to leave but found the doors locked, some even attempted to jump the fence in an attempt to escape.
The officers begged the person with the keys to open the doors, which they eventually did, and about 100 people left.
Music equipment, food and drinks were found inside the unit.
The owner was questioned and after falsely claiming that the premises had been broken into on the night in question, officers fined him.
An investigation has been opened and last Friday its owner was fined £ 10,000 for facilitating the event and for flouting Covid-19 restrictions
West Midlands Police Superintendent Rich Harris said: ‘It has been a very busy weekend for us as people continue to flout the rules across the force.
“We still follow our four-way approach, but we will apply these fines when it is evident that people are so blatantly ignoring the restrictions.
“Businesses have a responsibility not only to their customers and staff, but also to the community at large and there must be consequences when the guidelines of Covid-19 are simply ignored.
“ Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of the coronavirus, and no one is above the law on this.
“We understand that some regulations are confusing and we will explain where we find violations, but if people continually flout these measures we will not hesitate to act.”
Meanwhile, officers in London put an end to an illegal rave with hundreds of revelers in an abandoned warehouse.
Meanwhile, officers in London put an end to an illegal rave with hundreds of revelers in an abandoned warehouse. Images show crowds – with people not distancing themselves socially – lining up to take part in the event on Saturday night
Video later that evening shows police storming the building and expelling revelers (left and right)
Images show crowds – with people without social distancing – lining up to participate in the event on Saturday night.
He cuts to a male DJ on the deck with a sea of dancers in the warehouse in front of him.
But video from later that evening shows police storming the building and evicting revelers.
It is not known where the event took place. The Metropolitan Police have been asked for comment.