At least 22 people are facing fines for breaching Covid lockdown regulations after police broke up a party at a barber shop in Croydon last week.

The party seemingly took place in the back room of a barber shop on London Road in Croydon on Friday (February 19).

Police, who posted footage online of officers breaking up the gathering, said they attended the barbers on London road around 11.45pm on Friday to find a "large gathering and loud music" inside.

"Police were called at around 11.45pm on Friday, 19 February, to a large gathering and loud music at the barber shop on London Road.

"Officers attended, identified clear evidence of breaches of Health Protection Regulations and dispersed those present as quickly and safely as possible," a spokesperson for the Met Police said.

A total of 22 people were reported for consideration of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for breaching Health Protection Regulations, the Met said.

In addition, the organiser of the event has been reported for consideration of a £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking lockdown regulations aimed to stop the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

"Everyone knows that it is neither lawful nor safe for such events to take place while the country is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic," Inspector Kathy Morteo, of the Met’s South Area Command, said.

"The Health Protection Regulations are in place for good and easily understood reasons, and it is our role to enforce them in London," she added.