Singer Nathan Carter has apologised after police broke up a party at his home in Northern Ireland being held in breach of Covid-19 rules.

Officers said at least 50 people were present when they arrived at his home in Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, on Friday, May 28.

The party was being held to celebrate the country music star's 31st birthday.

Police issued a £1,000 fine to the organiser of the event and 14 fines of £200 to attendees. A Covid-19 prohibition notice was also issued and police said further enforcement action was expected.

The singer, who is originally from Liverpool but has made his home in Co Fermanagh, released a statement to apologise which read: "I wish to confirm the attendance of the PSNI at my residence on Friday 28th May 2021.

"My family visiting from Liverpool had organised a barbecue for my birthday.

"They believed that this gathering was within the current Covid-19 restrictions in the North, however it transpires that it was not.

"The organiser has already paid the fine that was issued.

"Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I fully apologise."

A PSNI statement said: "Police received a report in relation to a house party and a suspected breach of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 at an address in Lisbellaw at 10.30pm on Friday night.

"Officers attended the address where at least 50 people were present. Enforcement action was taken, including 14 Cov 7 £200 fines and one Cov 9 £1,000 fine. A Cov 2 Prohibition Notice was also issued.

"Further enforcement action is expected."

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