Police were coughed and spat at as they broke up a fight outside a birthday party in Bolton.
Officer were called just before 8pm last night to reports that a large group of people were fighting outside to Tonge Moor in Greater Manchester.
Police discovered that a birthday party was taking place with approximately 40 people? - both adults and children - in attendance.
As officers encouraged the group to disperse some guests became hostile and and some deliberately coughed and spat at officers.
Seven people – aged between 23 and 48 – were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and for breach of Covid-19 regulations.
They were detained by police before receiving fixed penalties.
A further individual was not arrested but was given a fixed penalty at the scene.
Assistant Chief Constable Robert Potts, said: “When the vast majority of us are all making such sacrifices in order to reduce the transmission of the virus and save lives as a result it is really disappointing to see the rules being flagrantly ignored by those who are putting their own safety and the safety of so many others at risk.
“This remains an incredibly challenging time for everybody but we all need to follow the legislation and government guidance in order to save lives and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.
“Following this incident yesterday, the Bolton Neighbourhood Team will be out providing reassurance to residents in the area, so please feel free to speak to them if you have any questions or concerns.”
The Bolton Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 0161 856 5775.