Coronavirus Infections Reduced In West Lancashire, While A Local Student Drugs Party Took Place

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have reported 35 coronavirus infections today, bringing the cumulative total to 7,754. The infection rate is now 6,783.5 per 100,000 of our population.

Local Infections reported included Rufford & Banks – 47 cases, Bickerstaffe & Newburgh – 32 cases, Skelmersdale – 31 cases, Burscough – 43 cases, Scarisbrick, Halsall & Haskayne – 30 cases, and Ormskirk North & West – 34 cases.

There is no news of local deaths from coronavirus released today.

Police Officers attended an address in Wigan Road Ormskirk overnight where a gathering of more than 20 people was taking place. A student is facing a £10,000 fine for organising and hosting a party in the middle of lockdown. Rural West Lancashire Police said the “appalling” party was attended with people from various parts of the northwest. Up to 20 people were in attendance, and quantities of cannabis and boxes of nitrous oxide were seized at the scene. As well as drugs seized and lockdown rules flouted, the force said some officers were assaulted at the party.

Sergeant Scott of Lancashire Police said “Their behaviour is unacceptable. A male from the Manchester area was arrested for assaulting an emergency worker and contravening the regulations. The student who organised and held this event has been issued with a fixed penalty notice and now faces the prospect of a £10,000 fine. I am appalled by this behaviour and hope this stands as a deterrent to those who wish to organise future events like this during this pandemic”.

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