Officers have today been out across London speaking with communities about the policing operation across the long weekend, and advising them of their responsibilities under the new legislation - Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No2) (England) Regulations 2020.
Where there were large gatherings of people, including a demonstration in Trafalgar Square, officers have continued to adopt the 4 E’s approach. Officers interacted with people and were explicit in explaining what the legislation means for both organisers, and those attending.
That if you attend a gathering of more than 30 people, you may be committing an offence, which is punishable by a fine. If you hold a gathering more than 30 people you might be committing an offence under new changes to the regulations. It is also an offence to encourage others to unlawfully participate in a large gathering.
We encouraged them to disperse the area, and the majority of people did so, at that stage.
Two arrests were made at Trafalgar Square. At 15:25hrs, a 73-year-old man on suspicion of breaking the new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No2) (England) Regulations 2020. He remains in custody.
At 13:30hrs a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He was taken to a South London police station and remains in custody.
The investigation now continues to identify further individuals who may have breached the new regulations.