Wedding organiser faces £10k fine as cops find 400 people at ceremony after they covered windows to avoid getting caught

A LOCKDOWN wedding attended by 400 guests who covered the windows to avoid getting caught was last night busted by police.

Officers stormed the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School in Stamford Hill at around 9.15pm to discover guests crammed inside despite the current Covid rules.

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A group of rulebreakers fled the wedding when cops showed up.

Cops found the school's windows had also been covered up to stop people peering inside.

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Scotland Yard confirmed the organisers now face a potential fine of £10,000, with five others already slapped with £200 fines.

The school, which caters to the Orthodox Jewish community, was run by Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, until his death from coronavirus last April.

Det Chief Supt Marcus Barnett said: "This was a completely unacceptable breach of the law, which is very clearly in place to save lives and protect the NHS.

"An NHS that is under considerable pressure at a time when Covid 19 has killed nearly 100,000 people.

"This is a deadly and very dangerous disease. We can all see that and we must act responsibly.

"People across the country are making sacrifices by cancelling or postponing weddings and other celebrations and there is no excuse for this type of behaviour.

"My officers are working tirelessly with the community and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action if that is required to keep people safe."

CRACKDOWN

The bash came just hours after Priti Patel warned those who flout lockdown to go to parties will be stung by £6,400 fines in a fresh crackdown to beat the virus.

The Home Secretary Patel fumed: “The sacrifices that millions of you are making day in and day out are starting to make a difference. By staying at home you are helping to keep those you care about safe and contributing to this national effort.

“But there is a small minority who refuse to do the right thing. And to them my message is clear – if you don’t follow these rules then the police will enforce them.”

Anyone caught going to a party of 15 or more people will be whacked with an £800 fine.

This will double each time a person breaks the rules to a maximum of £6,400.

Police have issued 250 £10,000 fines since late August to people who have organised large parties.

Police chief Martin Hewitt said those people organising parties were "selfishly putting lies at risk" and police would no longer "waste time trying to reason with them".

He told the nation yesterday: "We have repeatedly made it clear that house parties and other large gatherings shouldn't be happening.

"They're dangerous, irresponsible and totally unacceptable and I hope that the likelihood of an increased fine acts as a disincentive for those people who are thinking of attending or organising such events."

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