Britain’s biggest police force fined 20 partygoers for breaching Tier 4 restrictions in a restaurant basement.
The Metropolitan Police raided the venue on Haverstock Hill in Belsize Park, north London after reports of multiple people entering the premises..
Officers went inside and found ten men and ten women in the basement on Sunday 27 December.
They issued fixed penalty notices to all 20 partygoers for breaching Tier 4 rules, which are designed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Although it is not clear how much each reveller was fined, they did not receive £10,000 fines.
The force slammed the partygoers and described them as “selfish”.
Police recorded body cam footage of the raid, which showed revellers gathered round tables in the basement.
Inspector Alex Hope-Rollinson said: “To date, over 70,000 people in the UK have been lost to coronavirus.
“Breaches of coronavirus regulations such as these are selfish, thoughtless and ultimately put the safety and health of our community at serious risk.
“I implore individuals to make themselves familiar with the Tier 4 rules and absolutely avoid attending any gatherings which are in breach of those rule – it is vital that we work together to avoid overwhelming our NHS in the coming months.”
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It came days before New Year’s Eve, which saw more than 200 people in London fined for defying Covid-19 restrictions.
Police also cracked down on nearly 60 parties in the capital.
The Met issued 217 people with fixed penalty fines while five were reported for consideration of a £10,000 fine for organising large gatherings.
Four other people were arrested for breaching the regulations after gathering in central London.
London was put into Tier 4 rules – which ban households mixing indoors and force hospitality venues to close – on December 20.
Police can issue fixed penalty notices of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
Anyone who holds or is involved in holding an illegal gathering of more than 30 people can be slapped with £10,000 fines.
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