Coronavirus: Police left in 'absolute shock' after finding 25 adults and children at karaoke party despite lockdown

Police were shocked to find a 'karaoke' party complete with full buffet in Normanton, Derby, on Saturday night. (Picture: Twitter/Derby West Response)

Police in Derbyshire were left in “absolute shock” after finding a “massive” karaoke party despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Derbyshire Police said officers were called to an address in Normanton, Derby, at 10pm on Saturday, where they found a gathering of 25 adults and children.

Sharing the discovery via its Derby West Response team’s Twitter account, it said: “Officers have just attended an address in absolute shock to find 25 adults and children having a massive party with speakers and karaoke. Everyone dispersed and hosts dealt with.

“It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the Government advice and rules.”

The tweet included pictures of a table loaded with a buffet and drinks as well as speakers for a karaoke machine.

The force told the PA news agency that “strong words of advice” were given to all those involved and the party was dispersed but no further action was taken.

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The discovery comes amid ongoing concerns that some people are failing to follow the government’s lockdown rules, which instruct people to stay at home unless for exercise, work, or to shop for essentials or medicine.

People have been told not to gather with friends or visit other households and to stay at home.

It comes after Derbyshire Police came under fire from some critics for using drone footage to shame people travelling into the Peak District to walk in the hills.

The force’s measures to prevent gatherings including dyeing a “blue lagoon” in Buxton black to deter visitors.

On Sunday Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the coronavirus lockdown will be in place for a “significant period” and could last longer if people do not stick to the rules.

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