Police officers who were called to a funeral wake in Seven Sisters, North London by concerned locals have fined 42 mourners £200 each.
Mourners fined after police stop funeral wake for traveller in North London: Police said that over one hundred mourners were at the wake of a gentleman from the traveller community although only a maximum of thirty are currently allowed to attend funerals under COVID restrictions.
When told by officers that they would need to disperse some of them, who had been consuming large amounts of alcohol, became aggressive. Met Police said one person was arrested on suspicion of an unrelated theft and many were issued with fixed penalty notices. They also stated that local residents will likely see an increased police presence in the area over this weekend due to a dispersal zone being put into place.
A senior police chief said on Tuesday that nearly 45,000 fines have been issued to people who have broken the rules that stop people leaving their homes unless they have a reasonable excuse. Inspector Steve Connolly, acting Met chief, said “Covid-19 legislation does not allow for gatherings of this type to take place. Although 30 people are allowed to attend a funeral, related gatherings such as these fall outside of what it legally permitted.
We know that the community has suffered a loss. We also know that large meetings of people from different households are behind the rapid spread of the virus through London. We would urge people to stick to the rules in order to keep everyone safe. There are other ways to stay in contact with family and loved ones that don’t involve meeting face to face. The virus is out of control across London and it is paramount that we continue to work together by staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives
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