PARTY-GOERS tried to escape through a fire exit when police were called.

Officers were called to a restaurant in Westbourne last night and were forced to call for back-up due to "the demeanour of those present."

PC Joel Brooks of Bournemouth police said a party was taking place within the restaurant despite the national lockdown.

And he said the owner of the business was obstructive.

PC Brooks added: "This is very frustrating as I know so many businesses and people in Westbourne are struggling at the moment, and our return to normal life can be delayed by a selfish few."