A comedy club in Liverpool, closed as a result of coronavirus pandemic, was raided by police over the weekend after a recorded show it streamed on Facebook was mistaken for a live occasion.
The Hot Water Comedy Club has instructed Sky News that “around 20 officers” turned as much as the venue on Saturday evening after somebody thought the show – from 7 March and that includes a packed viewers – was taking place that night.
Tonight we streamed a show we filmed again on seventh March.
Someone thought it was live and grassed us as much as the police, who despatched 12 officers a van & a automotive to close us down… 😂😂😂
— Hot Water Comedy (@HWCCLiverpool) March 28, 2020
The club has subsequently been displaying archive gigs on its Facebook web page.
Paul Blair, one of many house owners, stated the occasion – hosted by comic Paul Smith – was “clearly” marketed on social media as having already taken place, and revealed that his brother and co-owner had alerted him to what occurred.
He stated: “I used to be actually stunned. The first we heard about it was once we received a name from the comfort retailer subsequent door, saying a full police squad had turned up on the club.
“I looked at our CCTV and saw about 20 police officers outside”, he continued.
He added: “Some of them looked really confused, and one of them took out his phone and watched the live stream.”
But he praised the police, saying: “Fair play for them doing that though, they were just doing their job and trying to keep people safe”.
“I think it was a waste of their time, but I don’t think whoever called them did it deliberately, I think it was just a misunderstanding.”
Merseyside Police have admitted it was a “false alarm made in good faith by a member of the public”.
A spokesperson stated: “Our officers responded to a report that a comedy club was open and live streaming a show with a large number of customers inside.
“To verify this, they attended the club and found it closed. Checks were made around the building to make sure no-one was inside.
“Police officers are key staff with a important position in defending the general public in the course of the coronavirus state of affairs, and while they do follow social distancing wherever doable, their position in responding to calls for service from the general public, means it isn’t at all times doable.”