POLICE were called to a house party of “200 youths” in a residential street.

Neighbours of a property in Trinity Street, Brighton, were shocked when “hundreds” of young people turned up to the party on Saturday night, flouting social distancing rules.

Pictures reveal the youngsters packed into the garden with only one apparently wearing a mask.

New rules limiting gatherings to six people were brought in on Monday, two days after the party, in a bid to tackle a large increase in coronavirus cases.

However at the time, only two households of any size were allowed to meet indoors or outdoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors.

One neighbour said that 200 people were at the party.

“That’s 200 more Covid cases,” he said.

Sussex Police said they were called to the party, which reportedly had “more than 20 people” in attendance, at 11.30pm.

A spokeswoman said: “The caller was concerned that it was breaching Covid-19 guidelines around gathering.

“The caller was told that due to high demand and a number of grade one calls we were responding to at this time in the city, we would be unable to attend.

“However the report was sent to local prevention officers for their awareness.”

The government introduced new limitations on gatherings on Monday after a spike in Covid-19 cases, particularly among young people.

Alistair Hill, director of public health for Brighton and Hove, had previously warned that returning travellers in their 20s were among an increase cases.

And a number of coronavirus cases among sixth form students in the city have been linked to a “social gathering” in Hangleton.

Infection rates have gone up quite rapidly, prompting chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty to say the nation is “not yet in trouble, but heading for trouble” in these circumstances.

There has been a significant rise in incidences of coronavirus, up from 12.5 to 19.7 per 100,000 in last week, and figures suggest the R number is above 1.

The cases are most common among the 19 to 21 age group but there is concern that the rises in younger people may then move quickly through different older age groups.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new rules will be enforced by the police and anyone breaking them risks being “dispersed, fined and possibly arrested”. Failure to stick to the new rules could mean a £100 fine, which will double with every subsequent offence up to £3,200.