Police have their say on ‘illegal party’ rumours at Beverley bar

Police have confirmed they visited a restaurant bar in Beverley after receiving reports a party was being held there but say no fines were issued.

Social media was awash with rumours there was a police raid at Bar Artisa by Deli No 1 on Saturday evening with some even saying the owner was seen ‘running away’.

But a spokesman for the venue told Hull Live these rumours are a fabrication and insists there was no breach of lockdown rules.

While the police did attend to make checks, the event taking place was a social-distanced photo shoot for fashion company Baylah Boutique.

Humberside Police has now confirmed no breach occurred but advice was given to those present.

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A spokeswoman said: “We were called to reports of a breach of Covid Regulations at a business premises on Flemingate in Beverley on Saturday.

“Officers attended and found a number of people within the premises.

“Having obtained accounts from all those present it was found to be appropriate to remind them of the current guidance and they left the premises.

“No fixed penalty notices were issued on this occasion, as their attendance at the premises was within Covid regulation exemptions on permitted work activity.”

The owner of Bar Artisa by Deli No 1 insisted there was no party and the venue was open for a photo shoot only.

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The spokesman said: “This was not a party as stated on these posts. It was a closed-off photo and video shoot for a new local fashion brand Baylah Boutique.

“It was a co-marketing shoot to simply showcase their range along with the new decor within my location.

“It was a day use of the venue from 11am till 7pm. People have no idea what was actually happening and made comments base on presumptions.

“The police turned up to fulfil their job and make checks. When they turned up the team had packed up and were clearing out. The police made the checks and left once these had been completed.”

The spokesman says people put two and two together and got five.

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They said: “It was nothing more than a photo shoot, no fines were issued as the police knew it was a photo shoot once they checked.

“The police simply did their jobs and some people chose to make things up about it which is fair enough.

“When people don’t have facts this is what happens, it turned into a ‘party’ online when people presumed they knew something.

“As for myself I was not even there so where people have stated the owner ran away, this is highly inaccurate and slanderous which I will seek advice on.

“This has been blown out of proportion with no facts, it was a local company helping another local company out but this is not good gossip.

“It’s a shame people like to be negative but this is all news really is, hardly anything positive.”

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