POLICE officers were called to 40 illegal house parties in ONE night including one where a female officer was left with a broken jaw.
Greater Manchester Police are receiving an extra 2,000 calls a week of people breaching coronavirus lockdown regulations.
Last night police dealt with 40 reports of Manchester residents holding house parties across the city, the Daily Mail reported.
The current lockdown rules for the city restrict outdoor gatherings of over six people and two households are not allowed to mix indoors which includes private gardens and restaurants.
At one of the bigger parties in Stockport, a female police officer was punched in the face leaving her with a broken jaw.
A 49-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker where she remains in police custody for questioning.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey told BBC Radio Manchester that police having to respond to Covid-19 breaches is placing a “huge demand” on the force’s resources.
Of the 40 calls to houses last night he said: “’There was one large house party in Stockport where we’ve potentially got an officer who was assaulted by a female and had their jaw broken.
“People are frustrated and want to be with their friends and families. They’re gathering together and often alcohol is involved.
“A lot of the community has returned to normal so the crime that always took place over Greater Manchester is still going on.
“We’re still getting those calls so we are having to prioritise our resources daily, particularly to those who are vulnerable or who have personal crimes committed against them, as well as these calls in relation to Covid.
“It’s not just young people who cause these problems, they are one group that do.
“But you only need to see some of the breaches in the public houses that are the older generation.”
ACC Bailey also said that last weekend police recorded 863 incident related to breaching lockdown rules.
Of these, 62 were related to licenced premises.
On August 15 hundreds of ravers were caught on Snapchat partying in a giant gazebo ignoring all social distancing rules.
The Government announced on Wednesday that ravers could face huge new fines of up to £10,000 for hosting illegal parties.
New laws have doubled the fines for people hosting illegal parties of more than 30 people – and you can be fined for attending as well.
Just going to one of them can land you with a fine of up to £3,200 – fines which were doubled from their previous total following a crackdown.
Hosting a gathering – which is against the law during the coronavirus pandemic – could land you with a fine of up to £10,000.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said of the Stockport incident: “At around 1.30 am on Friday 21 August 2020, police were called to reports of a breach of Covid-19 restrictions at a residential property on Gloucester Avenue, Stockport.
“Officers attended and, upon arrival, an officer was assaulted.
“The officer was taken to hospital.
“Thankfully, her injuries are not as serious as initially thought.
“A 49-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.
“She remains in police custody for questioning.”