As many as ten police officers are being investigated by their own force for breaching Covid restrictions at a house party.
The group of off duty officers have not been suspended following the incident in East Sussex last month, which came two days before Engand’s lockdown was relaxed and has been branded a ‘major embarrassment’ to Sussex Police.
Police were called to the gathering at a property, East Sussex, in Hove on May 15, when the officers were found inside.
That came two days before mixing of up to six people was allowed indoors, according to the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
A source told Mail Online: ‘The party was quite a loud affair with music, alcohol and food and lots of guests having a great time.
‘The officers who responded must have got quite a shock when they opened the door only to discover the illegal party was packed with their colleagues who were on a day off.
‘To find that a load of serving police officers are being “Covidiots” is a major embarrassment for the force, especially as they have been handing out these draconian £10,000 fines to Covid rule-breakers.
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‘People will be watching to make sure the same penalties are handed out to those found to have broken the rules.’
Sussex Police handed out the maximum fines to a number of party organisers during lockdown.
A spokeswoman for the force said: ‘Police officers were called to an address in Hove, following reports of a gathering inside on Saturday May 15 at 8.46pm.
‘They entered and found a number of off-duty officers present.
‘This incident, in breach of current lockdown restrictions, is being investigated by the force’s Professional Standards Department.’
Chief Superintendent Nick May added: ‘We take Covid-related breaches very seriously and we are actively investigating this matter.
‘The officers involved have not been suspended while the investigation continues.’
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