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Coronavirus UK: Police crash wedding to find more than 100 guests

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This is the moment police crashed a London wedding with more than 100 guests, days before the capital was plunged into a tier two lockdown.

The ‘dangerous and foolish’ event at the Tudor Rose in Southall was shut down shortly after 6.30pm on Tuesday October 13.

The owner of the venue has been reported for the consideration of a £10,000 fine after allowing the wedding to go ahead.

Weddings are permitted under current coronavirus regulations but are limited to 15 people, including staff.

Officers dispersed a large number of people at the event in Southall to ensure numbers complied with the law and guests were kept safe.

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Police who attended the scene said they saw ‘no clear evidence’ of guests taking ‘reasonable steps to protect others’.

Bodycam footage shows police shutting down the event (Picture: PA)
The wedding was held days before London went into tier two lockdown (Picture: PA)

Londoners are banned from mixing households indoors from Saturday but can still meet in groups of six outdoors.

BCU Commander, Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner, said: ‘This was a dangerous and foolish breach of the regulations, which have been designed specifically to keep people safe from transmitting a deadly virus. Restrictions on large gatherings, such as weddings, have been in place for months and quite frankly there can be no excuse for this flagrant violation of the law.

‘There was clearly no attempt by the venue owner to enforce the regulations or keep their patrons safe – it is for this reason we have reported them for a £10,000 fine.

‘Everyone has a responsibility to keep themselves, and their families, safe from Coronavirus.

‘As cases of Coronavirus rise across London, officers throughout the Met will be redoubling our efforts to clamp down on those individuals and businesses who breach the regulations and put themselves, and others at risk.’

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