POLICE have released bodycam footage of a party at a flat which around 50 people were reportedly fighting at in a blatant breach of coronavirus rules.

Shortly before 9pm on Friday, officers received reports of a gathering of six people at a home in Beetham Tower in Deansgate but were unable to establish any evidence of this.

Further reports were made as the night progressed and at around 2.50am on Saturday, a report was made of a fight involving 50 people at the property and officers attended.

Some of the group, aged in their 20s and 30s, dispersed as police arrived and a review is ongoing into action for those who went to the event, including the prospect of the maximum £10,000 fixed penalty notice (FPN) for the organiser.

The gathering at Beetham Tower was one of 74 incidents attended by Greater Manchester Police's (GMP) dedicated operation to significant Covid-19 breaches, Operation Ocean, over the weekend.

A total of 185 FPNs have been issued, including several £800 fines, for incidents including an 18th birthday party on Saturday night attended by at least 30 people at an address in Newton Heath, and a staff party at an industrial estate in Salford attended by 17 people on Friday evening.

Officers also responded to a reported wedding party in Oldham where seven £800 FPNs of were given after around 15 people were present and fled on police arrival.

A total of just over 3,700 FPNs have been issued in Greater Manchester since July 31, 2020.