Police ‘sworn at and mocked’ after breaking up VE day street party

PUBLISHED: 10:16 09 May 2020 | UPDATED: 15:11 09 May 2020

The incident happened in the Stanway area of Colchester (stock image)  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The incident happened in the Stanway area of Colchester (stock image) Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


A police officer has been left “absolutely appalled” after breaking up a VE day street party during lockdown.

Pc Tom Raes, of Essex Police, tweeted to say his officers were “sworn at and mocked repeatedly” for stopping people who he said were ignoring social distancing rules.

He said the party took place in the Stanway area of Colchester last night.

“Absolutely appalled already this evening at the complete lack of respect for lockdown, authority and the NHS,” he tweeted.

“Just broke up a street party in Colchester where we were sworn at and mocked repeatedly.

“Totally unacceptable behaviour.”

An Essex Police spokeswoman said officers came across a street party in Stanway at about 11.20pm on Friday.

“They spoke to a number of people following concerns about anti-social behaviour and some not adhering to government guidance,” she said.

“Advice was given and the residents went inside.

She added: “We know this is a difficult and challenging time for people and we really appreciate everyone’s efforts in following government guidance and staying home.”

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