Police break up Haringey traveller funeral

Police have dished out 42 fines after more than 100 people gathered for a traveller funeral in Haringey.

Officers were called to Clyde Road, Haringey, on Thursday, January 14 after receiving calls from members of the public who were concerned about the number of people in attendance.

More than 100 people had come together to mourn the loss of a member of the traveller community.

According to the Met Police, more some of those in attendance were consuming alcohol and became aggressive towards officers when advised that they were breaching coronavirus regulations and needed to disperse.

Police issued 42 fixed penalty notices and arrested one person on suspicion of an unrelated theft.

A dispersal zone has also been authorised in the area and residents are likely to see an increased police presence this evening and over the weekend.

Acting Chief Inspector Steve Connolly said: “Covid-19 legislation does not allow for gatherings of this type to take place. Although 30 people are allowed to attend a funeral, related gatherings such as these fall outside of what it legally permitted.

“Although we know that the community has suffered a loss, we also know that large meetings of people from different households are behind the rapid spread of the virus through London.

“We would urge people to stick to the rules in order to keep everyone safe. There are other ways to stay in contact with family and loved ones that don’t involve meeting face to face.

“The virus is out of control across London and it is paramount that we continue to work together by staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”

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