Fifty two people were fined and two arrested after the police raided a Merseyside gym allegedly breaching national lockdown rules.

The raid happened on Sunday afternoon at the Prophecy Performance Centre, on Gaskill Road in Speke.

Merseyside Police had been informed of the breach of current national lockdown rules and officers carried out the raid.

Among the 52 fined, a 24-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were also held on suspicion of false imprisonment.

Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: “By continuing to operate, the owners of this gym were putting themselves and their customers at risk.

“While we know that this pandemic has been really tough for businesses that have been forced to close, it is only by adhering to the rules that we will be able to put a stop to this pandemic and hopefully see a return to normality more quickly.”

Concerned members of the public took to social media to express their anger.

It’s also alleged that fire safety rules were breached.

Ten cars were also allegedly parked illegally outside the gym.