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Statement from Commander Bas Javid

News   •   Aug 30, 2020 18:58 BST

Commander Bas Javid, Spokesperson for August Bank Holiday Weekend, said today:

“Yesterday officers worked tirelessly across London speaking with our local communities, reminding them that we remain in a health pandemic and that restrictions continue to be in place to keep them and their families safe.

“Yesterday saw a number of demonstrations and events take place across the capital and officers proactively spoke with those who were either organising the events or taking part in them, advising them of their responsibilities under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2020 which states that no one may participate in a gathering which consists of more than 30 people either indoors, on a vessel or in a public outdoor space unless certain exemptions apply.

“Our interaction and intervention saw the majority of people gathered disperse.

"Five people have been spoken to in relation to the new legislation.

“One individual has been reported under the new legislation, and that a fixed penalty notice would be issued for £10,000 for the offence of holding a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor public place contrary to regulations 5B(1), (2)(b)(iii) and 8(1) and (4) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2020.

“Officers also attended a UME in Dace Road, E3 at 23:10hrs – the UME was closed down and officers took details of four individuals who have been reported for consideration under the new legislation.

“Enquiries into this event are ongoing.

“58 UMEs were reported to police yesterday, and officers attended and closed down 21 of those.

“Today’s operation began this morning, with officers continuing to police right across London as they did yesterday with the same policing approach, the four E’s, engage, explain, encourage and as a last resort, enforce.

“There have been a number of demonstrations in central London and we were actively out on the ground, speaking with people taking part continuing to emphasis the public health risk and the regulations, and that it was incumbent on them to fulfill the requirements under the new legislation to check the position and ensure that they were not committing an offence by being involved in a large gathering or they may be subject to a large fine.

“Our policing response to each event may differ according to our operational decision making. There are exemptions within the legislation, and it is incumbent upon organisers to familiarise themselves and adhere to these restrictions.”