More than 70 people are facing heavy fines after attending a party on a canal barge in Ealing.
Police were called to Volt Avenue, North Acton, shortly after 11.00pm on Saturday, 30 January to reports of a large gathering on a moored boat. Shortly after arriving at the scene, they found the party which was attended by more than 70 people.
The group was dispersed and a total of 72 people were reported for the consideration of fixed penalty notices of £800 for attending an indoor gathering of more than 15 people, which is a breach of the Coronavirus regulations.
The organiser was identified and was reported for consideration of a £10,000 fixed penalty notice.
Below is footage of the incident tweeted by Sky News:
Over 70 people have been caught partying on a moored boat in Ealing, west London, despite #COVID19 restrictions.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 31, 2021
Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Bowen, of West Area, said:
“This was a blatant breach of the Coronavirus rules that are in place to save lives and protect the huge pressure on the NHS.
“All the people who attended this event, which appears to have been organised on social media, have quite rightly been reported for the consideration of fines.
“The Met will continue to shut down and disperse events such as this, which risk spreading a virus that has already claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people in this country.”
Members of the public took to social media to condemn those attending the party.
“70 people have been reported for attending a boat party in Ealing, West London, a party of 200 in Kensington, other parties being broken up by the police. Whatever you think of the govt, we have to play our part in reducing possible deaths. Just selfish behaviour #COVID #COVIDIOTS” said one Twitter user.
“70 #COVIDIOTS attend Boat Party in Ealing words fail me selfish no thoughts for anybody else £10,000 fines clearly not enough?” said another.
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