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​Unlawful gathering shut down for breaching Covid regulations

News   •   Nov 12, 2020 16:44 GMT

The organiser of a gathering at a flat in south-east London has been reported for consideration of a £10,000 fine for breaching the Coronavirus regulations.

On Thursday, 5 November at approximately 03:00hrs police were called to a flat in Grove Park and conducted a search of the area.

Police witnessed approximately 30 people outside the block of flats in Ballamore Road, BR1. When attendees were asked what was happening they stated that they did not know.

Officers attempted to enter the flat where approximately 20 people had been seen to leave. No one would inform officers what was happening.

Officers were shut out of the property and after a number of attempts to engage with the people inside, they were able to identify the organiser and inform them that people needed to leave because they were breaching the Coronavirus regulations. Approximately another 20 people then left the property.

The resident of the flat denied allowing the number attendees to turn up to their address. When she was asked to prove identification, she gave various names.

The 43-year-old woman was then arrested on suspicion of breaching the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 and possession of a Class B drug. She has been released under investigation while enquiries continue for these offences. She has also been reported for consideration for receiving a £10,000 fine for breaching the Coronavirus regulations.

Sergeant David Walmsley, of the South East Basic Command Unit (BCU), said: “Large gatherings in your own home are still unlawful and will not be tolerated. Officers will continue to enforce the Coronavirus regulations where necessary to help keep people safe.

“This was a totally egregious breach of the rules which meant officers had no choice but to issue a large fine. Events such as this are dangerous, there can be no excuse for this sort of reckless behaviour. 

“We are still in national lockdown and the public should continue to abide by the regulations which have been put in place to save lives.”