Police visit Paul Scholes after lockdown party claims

Police visit Paul Scholes after lockdown party claims

Police visit Paul Scholes after lockdown party claims

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been spoken to by police over claims he broke lockdown rules by hosting a party for his son’s birthday.

A report in The Sun newspaper claims that Scholes held a seven-hour party at his home in Oldham on Friday, which was the same day new coronavirus restrictions were brought in place across Greater Manchester.

It is claimed he went ahead with celebrations for son Arron’s 21st and social media pictures claiming to show Arron singing karaoke wearing a “Lockdown Live” slogan T-shirt and partygoers ignoring social distancing as they drank and danced have been circulating.

The new rules have banned social gatherings in people’s homes and gardens as the government attempts to contain increasing transmission rates.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “On Sunday we were made aware of allegations of an earlier breach of Covid-19 restrictions at a residential property in the Oldham area.

“In line with normal procedure and policing by consent, officers attended and engaged with an individual explaining the restrictions and encouraging them to be compliant.”

Scholes, 45, who has not commented on the report, played more than 700 times for United and won 66 England caps. He retired in 2013 and is co-owner of Salford City FC.

The new restrictions – that also apply in east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire – ban separate households from meeting each other at home.

They also ban members of two different households from mixing in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues, but those businesses are permitted to remain open for those visiting individually or from the same household.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)  is made up of ten councils – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

A major incident was today (Monday, August 3) declared by authorities in Greater Manchester following the recent rises in coronavirus infection rates.

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