Police shut down wedding in ‘blatant breach of rules’ after 250 guests attend

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A wedding “in flagrant breach of Covid-19 regulations” was shut down by police after it was attended by an estimated 250 guests in south east London.

The venue in Southwark had closed the shutters to mask the celebration, but over 200 were inside, with no attempt at social distancing in what was a “breeding grounds for transmitting the virus.”

The happy couple also had their day spoiled further when they were reported for a fine.

Officers had originally been called to the venue on Old Kent Road on Sunday, October 18, after concerned residents suspected the venue was being burgled.

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Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith, said: “This event was a blatant breach of the regulations and could have been a breeding ground for transmitting the virus.

“There were over 200 people inside, no social distancing and indeed no attempts to make the venue COVID secure, in line with the Government guidelines.

“The guidelines are there for a reason, to keep people safe.

“Being reported for a fine is clearly not a wedding present people would be expecting, however as this was such a flagrant breach of the regulations, it was entirely necessary.

“Officers across the Met will continue our efforts to keep London safe by shutting down those events which deliberately and dangerously put people’s health at risk.

“If you are planning a wedding this weekend please make sure it falls within the current regulations.”

The Met Police said they were called at 8:20pm on Sunday, October 18, after concerned residents suspected the venue was being burgled.

“It appeared that those attending the ceremony had closed the shutters at the front of the venue, in an attempt to mask the celebration. At the scene, police dispersed the crowds.

“Two people at the event were advised that they had been reported for consideration of a fixed penalty notice.

“The reports will be considered by a dedicated crime team who will assess the breach in line with the legislation.

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