Covid: Wedding party in Stamford Hill broken up by police

Covid: Wedding party in Stamford Hill broken up by police

Police broke up a wedding party in north London, where they now say about 150 people had gathered.

Officers found the windows at the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, in Stamford Hill, had been covered when they arrived at 21:15 GMT on Thursday.

Guests fled from the strictly Orthodox Charedi Jewish school when the police arrived. The organisers face a £10,000 fine for breaking lockdown rules.

The Met originally claimed that about 400 guests were at the gathering.

In a statement, the school said its hall had been leased out.

A spokesman for the school, whose principal Rabbi Avrahom Pinter died in April after contracting coronavirus, said “we had no knowledge that the wedding was taking place”.

He added: “We are absolutely horrified about last night’s event and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”

Boris Johnson supports the police for “taking action against people who flagrantly and selfishly ignore the rules”, according to the prime minister’s official spokesman.

The spokesman said: “Large gatherings such as that pose a health risk, not just to those who attend but those who they live with or others who they may come into contact with.”

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