THE organiser of a wedding party in Margaretting has become the first person in Essex to be fined £10,000 for organising a large gathering.
Police began receiving reports from the public at around 4.15pm on Sunday 11 October that a large wedding party with 80 guests was taking place at Ariana Gardens in Ivy Barn Lane, Margaretting.
When officers arrived they found approximately 80 guests enjoying a sit-down dinner.
Each guest present was spoken to by our team who explained that the wedding was in breach of COVID-19 restrictions. All of those present were asked to comply by leaving the venue and it was made clear that those who refused or were obstructive would be issued with a fixed penalty notice.
Each of the guests complied and left the venue.
A 41-year-old man was identified as being the organiser of the wedding party and they were reported for summons to court for holding a gathering of more than 15 people in breach of Coronavirus legislation, which carries a £10,000 fine.
Essex Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet: “This wedding party was a blatant breach of the current restrictions which only allows for 15 people to be present at a wedding. “The legislation exists for a reason, which is to stop the spread of the virus and to protect our communities as we all work together to drive down the risk of infection.
“In situations such as this, a large wedding organised with no regard for the law, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action as we do all we can to keep the people of Essex safe.” We want people to continue to report Covid breaches, but please check before you report something, to be sure as you can be that you aren’t mis-reading a situation before contacting us.
You can make reports via our website by using our Digital 101 service, where you can speak to one of our operators online live time, between 7am and 11pm https://www.essex.police.uk/ Alternatively you can make a report here: https://www.essex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/