Multiple people have been slapped with coronavirus fines after attending a party in a restaurant basement.

The Metropolitan Police says it recieved reports of people entering the venue in Haverstock Hill, near Hampstead, on Sunday, December 27.

A total of 20 people – 10 men and 10 women – were found inside by police.

The party goers were issued fines for breaching Tier 4 rules.

Inspector Alex Hope-Rollinson said: “To date, over 70,000 people in the UK have been lost to coronavirus.

“Breaches of coronavirus regulations such as these are selfish, thoughtless and ultimately put the safety and health of our community at serious risk.

“I implore individuals to make themselves familiar with the Tier 4 rules and absolutely avoid attending any gatherings which are in breach of those rule – it is vital that we work together to avoid overwhelming our NHS in the coming months.”