Birthday party guests hid in garden

Twelve people have been fined after police pounced on a Melbourne birthday party and found guests hiding in the garden.

They were among 101 fined for COVID-19 breaches across Victoria over the past 24 hours.

Police caught the partygoers hiding in the garden at a private property in Coburg. The residents confirmed the gathering was to celebrate a birthday and 12 fines were issued.

Seven people from different households were also caught gathering at a Sunshine West address.

Sixteen others were fined for failing to wear a mask and 23 people were fined at vehicle checkpoints.

More than 28,000 vehicles were checked and 912 spot checks were done on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state.

It brings to 470,359 the number of spot checks conducted since March 21.

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