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Police in London fine 30 people who gathered in Barnet restaurant

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Police have issued 30 fines to people who attended a gathering at a bar in Barnet in breach of Covid regulations.

At around 02:00hrs on Saturday, 9 January, officers attended a restaurant in High Road, N12 following reports from the public of a breach of Covid regulations.

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Upon attending, officers found a party of 30 people in the bar at the venue. There was loud music, alcohol consumption, and the gathering was being live-streamed on Instagram.

Officers issued 30 fixed penalty notices for breach of Covid regulations, and the owner of the establishment is being considered for a £10,000 fine. The venue’s alcohol license is also under review by local council.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Louis Smith, North West BCU Commander, said: “The fact that this breach of Covid regulations happened within the same 24 hours as the Mayor of London declaring a major incident is as shocking as it is disappointing.

“Millions of people have stuck to the rules from the outset, but a minority of people who are breaching the regulations continue to set back our return to normality.

“Officers are still dealing with emergencies whilst also attending breaches of Covid regulations.

“I would appeal to the public to not be swayed to attend parties or gatherings that they may see happening on social media – if you breach these regulations, you risk prosecution, but more importantly, you risk putting your family and friends in danger and placing even more pressure on the NHS.”

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