Wedding organiser faces £10,000 fine after dozens gather in east London

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The organiser of a wedding in east London may face a £10,000 fine after police shut down a reception attended by more than 50 people.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to an address in Creek Road, Barking, on Saturday evening and found a large number of people in breach of coronavirus regulations.

Under Tier 2 regulations, wedding ceremonies and sit-down receptions are only permitted to have 15 attendees.

Police said more than 50 guests were at the wedding, which was being officiated by the organiser.

Officers spoke with the bride and groom, whose explanation was that only 15 guests were invited but other people kept arriving throughout the day with gifts, and then stayed.

As a result of the breach, 37 people were reported for consideration of a fixed penalty notice and the organiser faces possible a £10,000 fine.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman said members of the public needed to remember London was “still in the midst of a national health crisis”.

“This blatant flouting of the rules puts so many others at risk and is disrespectful to all those across London who have been following guidance and putting a lot of their own lives on hold to support the positive steps being made to reduce Covid infections,” he added.

“If you are planning on holding a large gathering, please think of the wider and long-term repercussions. It may affect the health of those who attend and if caught, it is likely that you will be reported.”