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Manchester householder hit with injunction after partying amid coronavirus outbreak

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Britain's first "coronavirus injunction" has been imposed after an unruly tenant on a Manchester housing estate was throwing noisy parties with 20 guests during the lockdown.

The housing association, Mosscare St Vincent's, went to court on Friday to get the legal order preventing further disruption after receiving complaints from worried neighbours.

The tenant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, lives on an estate in Manchester and was flouting social distancing guidance of keeping two metres apart and avoiding large gatherings of family and friends.

The parties, involving around 20 guests, were causing distress and harassment for neighbours who were trying to keep safe during the Covid-19 outbreak, lawyers said.

The injunction, secured at Preston Combined Court, now prohibits any visitors to the tenant's property during the lockdown, save for their children, until the Government lifts current guidance about social and physical distanci

"Residents must realise that the restrictions put in place by the Government are to minimise the spread of the virus and must be adhered to.

"We will continue to take appropriate action to ensure that residents living in our communities are kept safe during this time of unprecedented risk."

– Matt Jones, Mosscare St Vincent's

If the tenant breaks the injunction then they can be brought to court and face a possible jail sentence for contempt of court

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