A HAMPSHIRE woman is facing an £800 fine following an illegal house party.

Police received reports of a potential breach of Covid-19 regulations at an address in Durley Crescent, Totton.

Officers arrived to find a gathering of 20 adults, some of whom were hiding in the garden shed.

Temporary Sergeant Robin Blake said “This was a blatant breach of the health protection regulations that are in force to keep people safe during the pandemic.

"Upon arrival we were met with obstructive behaviour.

"An 18-year-old woman tried to justify her actions by saying she doesn’t have Covid and that it’s her birthday soon.

"Despite pointing out the reasons why these restrictions are in place, her attitude was appalling.

“In the address we found people hiding in the kitchen, and ten women hiding in the garden shed.

“These people were putting themselves and their loved ones at risk. It is actions like this that continue to spread the virus and put unnecessary pressure on the NHS.

“Anyone who does not follow the regulations faces a fixed penalty notice.

"The minimum fine relating to parties of 15 people or more has now increased to £800 following an announcement by the government."

Officers took details of all of those at the address and they were then dispersed. The matter is still under investigation.

The 18-year-old, from Totton, was reported for summons for breaching Covid-19 regulations.