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The organiser of a Stamford Hill wedding attended by around 400 people is facing a £10,000 fine for breaching Covid regulations.

Police were called last night called to reports of a large gathering at a school on Egerton Road, and arrived to find windows covered up and hundreds packed together inside the building.

The event’s organiser is to be written up for consideration of a £10,000 fine, while five other attendees were issued with £200 fixed penalty notices.

Hackney’s police chief Marcus Barnett said: “This was a completely unacceptable breach of the law, which is very clearly in place to save lives and protect the NHS – an NHS that is under considerable pressure at a time when Covid-19 has killed nearly 100,000 people.

“This is a deadly and very dangerous disease. We can all see that and we must act responsibly. People across the country are making sacrifices by cancelling or postponing weddings and other celebrations and there is no excuse for this type of behaviour.

“My officers are working tirelessly with the community and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action if that is required to keep people safe.”

You can find more information on Covid regulations here

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