• WATCH FOOTAGE OF POLICE OPERATION ABOVE

Police have dismissed reports claiming a large group of officers broke up a party in Stockton-on-Tees over the weekend.

Footage taken on Saturday night showed several police vehicles and at least two ambulances in High Newham Road.

Reports in the national media suggested a party had taken place there despite coronavirus lockdown regulations.

Credit: Terry Blackburn

Police have now confirmed though that the operation was in response to a man becoming unwell following an altercation in the street.

No one was arrested but officers say support was called in after a number of people began to approach to see what was happening and were told to return to their homes.

Credit: Terry Blackburn

We got a call about 9.15pm from the police to help assess a patient. On our arrival the patient refused treatment, so we left."

North East Ambulance Service statement
Credit: Terry Blackburn

Government-imposed lockdown restrictions due to the deadly coronavirus have been made into law in the UK.

People should only leave their properties for specific reasons to help halt the spread of the virus and save lives.