People attending house parties of more than 15 people in England
will face fines of £800, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced. The fines will double on repeat offences, rising to a maximum of £6,400, she told a Downing Street briefing. “The science is clear: such irresponsible behaviour poses a significant risk to public health,” Ms Patel said. The £800 penalty for attending illegal parties comes in addition to £10,000 fines levied on the organisers. Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said 250 party organisers had been fined £10,000 since August.