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Covidiots! Police forced to break up London boat party – more than 70 people facing fines

Ealing: More than 70 people fined after attending boat party

Police were called to Volt Avenue, North Acton at 11pm last night to reports of a large gathering on a moored boat. Officers attended and located the party in West London which was attended by 72 people.

The Met Police added the group received fixed penalty notices of £800 for attending an indoor gathering of more than 15 people in breach of the Coronavirus regulations.

The organiser was identified and reported for consideration of a £10,000 fixed penalty notice, a spokesman said. 

Meanwhile, Essex Police said 18 “reckless revellers” were fined almost £15,000 after officers interrupted a house party on Saturday.

A spokesman for Essex Police said officers attended a house in Bury Road, Sewardstonebury, at about 5pm on Saturday after reports of a party and when they arrived were initially refused entry by people inside who claimed to be making a music video.

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Eighteen people inside the property, 17 from London and one from Essex, were fined £800 each following the introduction of higher penalties, the force said.

Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: “These selfish individuals not only have no regard for their own safety, but they clearly didn’t give a second thought for the safety of the local community, the police officers who had to attend to deal with their reckless behaviour or the NHS who are under unbelievable pressure.”

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