Greater Manchester Police received over 1000 reports of Covid-19 breaches during one week of lockdown, nearly 500 were for reports of house parties.

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The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, said the reports date between Wednesday 25 March and Tuesday 7 April 2020,

494

House parties

166

Street parties

122

Social gatherings

173

Outdoor park gatherings

112

Incidents of anti-social behaviour/public disorder

The force has now teamed up with local personalities and frontline workers to urge the public to support the #StayHomeSaveLives campaign and stay home over the Easter weekend.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said:

We understand the desire people will have to spend time with family and friends over the Easter period; however it is vital that we follow the Government guidelines. We must do this to protect ourselves, our families, our communities and the NHS by preventing the spread of this highly contagious infection.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Among those sending homemade video messages were Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, his former team-mate Michael Carrick, Manchester City player Steph Houghton, Dan Brocklebank who plays vicar Billy in Coronation Street, and Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder.

Greater Manchester Police added that the majority of the public have abided by the government guidelines since they came into effect.