Police bodycam footage shows officers raiding illegal poker night at pub and separate birthday party

Shocking police bodycam footage shows officers raiding illegal poker night at pub and separate birthday party with four-piece BAND

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Police raids on an illegal poker night and a birthday party complete with a four-piece band have been caught on bodycam footage.

West Midlands Police officers were called to the two flagrant breaches of coronavirus regulations over two days last week.

Cops found an empty shop on Lodge Road, in Hockley, Birmingham, had been turned into a makeshift venue for a birthday party last Friday.

West Midlands Police found a buffet table laid out for the broken up birthday party

As many as 24 people packed into the tiny venue and officers expected more to have turned up if it had not been broken up.

They found buffet tables laid out with food and booze as well as a four piece band who set their keyboards and guitars in the corner of the room.

Police issued 12 £200 fines to the adults there and six £1,000 fines to the band members and two organisers.

A four-piece band was set up to perform at the party, broken up by West Midlands Police

 A four-piece band was set up to perform at the party, broken up by West Midlands Police

Officers found 24 people packed into the tiny venue, which was captured on bodycam footage

Officers found 24 people packed into the tiny venue, which was captured on bodycam footage

Officers broke up a birthday party and an illegal poker game over two nights last week

Officers broke up a birthday party and an illegal poker game over two nights last week

The next night officers attended The Station pub, in Kings Heath, Birmingham and found a poker party going on inside.

Around 20 people were issued with £800 fines and the pub is now facing action for licensing offences after the gathering was broken up at 11.20pm on Saturday.

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