The Met Police has confirmed that it shut down a total of 58 unlicensed music events and parties which were in breach of Tier 4 regulations last night (31st Jan).
A total of 217 people were issued fixed penalty fines, while five people have been reported for consideration for a possible £10,000 fine for organising large gatherings of people.
Four people were arrested for breaching COVID 19 regulations.
The Met also confirmed that officers were called to a multiple stabbing in Edgware Road at around 00:32hrs. When officers arrived on the scene, they found two males, aged 18 and 19, with stab injuries.
A 17-year-old girl was also found with a severe head injury having been struck with a glass bottle. One person was arrested.
The incident is suspected to be linked to reports of a large number of people gathered at a property in Connaught Street that was dispersed by police.
Commander Paul Brogden said:
“In all, the vast majority of Londoners complied with the Covid regulations that are in place to protect themselves and their loved ones, and we’re grateful to those people. The public are all too aware that Tier 4 restrictions have been put in place to reduce the spread of the virus and to protect the NHS.
“We did attend a number of calls to parties and unlicensed events across London, including one where two people were stabbed. My colleagues in the local command unit continue to investigate.
“Our enforcement activity will continue. If people insist on gathering and breaching regulations, then officers will attend and encourage people to disperse. Where necessary, enforcement action, including fines starting at £100 and working their way up to £10,000, will be considered.
“We are still dealing with the stark reality of fighting a deadly virus. I urge Londoners to continue to keep themselves and their families safe by staying at home.”
Essex Police (featured image credit) also confirmed that they had handed out over £18,000 in organiser fines and fixed penalty notices.
Hundreds of people across the county attended various unlicensed events, in direct breach of coronavirus restrictions.
Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said:
“I’d like to firstly thank everyone across Essex who stayed at home and did the right thing last night.
“You’re protecting our NHS, and you’ve allowed us to attend a large number of callouts across the county, including arresting three people on suspicion of murder in Rayleigh following the tragic death of a man in Worcester Road.
“Unfortunately, there were others who decided to blatantly flout the coronavirus rules and regulations and, ultimately, they decided that partying was more important than protecting other people.
“We’ve seized their equipment, arrested five people, and issued a large number of fines to those who think this behaviour is acceptable.
“We need you to keep yourselves, other people, and the NHS, safe. Thank you again to everyone who spent their New Year’s Eve in a responsible, legal, way. “Stay safe, Essex.”
In Sussex, covering the period from 6pm on Thursday (31 December) to 3am on Friday (1 January), a total of 81 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued by police officers.
Out of the total number, 66 FPNs were issued in Brighton and Hove, nine in West Sussex and six in East Sussex.
The FPNs ranged from outdoor gatherings of groups in public spaces, to private parties, and people travelling from outside the area into the county.
Several tickets were issued to groups gathering on Brighton beach in breach of the restrictions.
Five tickets were issued to a group stopped in a car from London who claimed they were in Brighton to collect a takeaway.
Members of the public called police to a house party in High Street, Uckfield at 11.50pm where people repeatedly returned to an address despite being warned by officers.
The occupant of the address was issued a fine.
During the same period – from 6pm to 3am – a total of 44 arrests were made across Sussex for offences which included public order, assault and drink driving.
The news comes as overworked and exhausted NHS staff continue to try to save as many lives as possible as COVID wards in the south east reach capacity during the second wave of COVID infections.
There have been some reports that patients in Essex, where a state of emergency was declared earlier in the week, might be transported to ICU wards in the north west of the country, although these reports have not been confirmed by EEAST or by local health officials.
Over the last 24 hours, over 1,000 people lost their lives to COVID.
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