Police break up wedding with 400 guests as organiser faces £10k fine

Police break up wedding with 400 guests as organiser faces £10k fine

The organiser of a lockdown-breaching wedding at an Orthodox Jewish girls' school in north London attended by hundreds of people is facing a £10,000 fine after it was broken up by police.About 400 guests were discovered celebrating the wedding on Thursday evening, according to the Metropolitan police.

Police said they were called to the London neighborhood of Stamford Hill on Thursday night with reports of a large gathering at a school.

Numerous guests fled as officers raided the venue on Thursday night, but five people were handed £200 fixed penalty notices and the organiser could face a £10,000 fine.

"This was a completely unacceptable breach of the law", said Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett on Friday.

"People throughout the use of a are making sacrifices through cancelling or suspending weddings and different celebrations and there's no excuse for this kind of behavior".

Initially police said 400 people were at the wedding, but later revised the number to 150.

The venue was a school whose principal died from the coronavirus past year.

A spokesman for the school, whose principal Rabbi Avrahom Pinter died in April after contracting coronavirus, said "we had no knowledge that the wedding was taking place".

Police have been cracking down on rule breakers

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, meanwhile, said the "overwhelming majority" of the Jewish community would be appalled at the event.

"An NHS that is under considerable pressure at a time when COVID-19 has killed almost 100,000 people".

Under current lockdown rules in England, weddings can only take place in "exceptional circumstances" with up to six people present.

In a statement, the school said it was "absolutely horrified about last night's event and condemn (s) it in the strongest possible terms".

Hackney mayor Philip Glanville told BBC news the venue had previously been used for similar events during the pandemic.

"We have terminated the agreement with immediate effect".

"My officials are running tirelessly with the network and we are able to now no longer hesitate to take enforcement motion if this is required to preserve humans safe".

On Thursday, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced police will be able to issue bigger fines to those breaking coronavirus lockdown measures by partying.

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