Yesterday afternoon, 27th December, Police were called to Rye Lane in Southward, SE15 after reports of a large demonstration being held in blatant breach of Covid restrictions.
At around 15:17 hours, officers from the Metropolitan Police attended the scene and found around 100 people, some giving speeches with megaphones, while others were dancing.
Scotland Yard said that they believed the event to be pre-planned.
The protest organiser, a 58-year-old man, was issued with a fixed penalty notice and now faces a fine of up to £10,000, after cops broke up the gathering.
The Met Police said that officers engaged with those taking part in the protest to remind them of their responsibility and the requirement to adhere to the regulations.
Acting Inspector David Smith, said: “This sort of gathering is specifically prohibited under the Tier 4 restrictions brought in following the recent rapid rise in cases.
“We all have a responsibility to follow the rules, stay at home as much as possible and help stop the rapid spread of Covid-19 in our city.
“Anyone coordinating intentional breaches on this scale should know they risk very significant financial penalties.”
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