Police break up Blackburn wedding for defying coronavirus regulations

More than a hundred guests at a wedding reception in Blackburn were told to go home on Sunday evening by police after officers discovered that it was in breach of corona virus regulations.

The organiser of the wedding was also given a fixed penalty notice as 50 guests went to another reception in Greater Manchester. Both of these areas come under the regulations that do not allow people from different households to socialise together.

Disobeyance of these rules can see a fine of £100 for the first offense rising to a maximum of £3,200 for continual offenders. Blackburn and Darwen police said that after interaction with the guests at the wedding it was dispersed without incident.

They stated that the wedding was a clear breach of both local and national laws regarding the coronavirus and every who attended would have been at risk. The second wedding, at Whalley Range, Manchester, was just one of 54 breaches of the rules between 3pm and 11pm on Sunday.

Deputy Chief Constable, Ian Pilling, said that the force was already overstretched due to attending events Friday, Saturday and Sunday He finished off by saying that they really need people to understand what is at stake here as they only have limited resources.

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