Woman who threw New Year’s Eve party for 100 guests could get fined £10,000

A woman who threw a New Year’s Eve party for more than 100 people has been reported for consideration of a £10,000 fixed penalty notice for breaching Covid-19 restrictions.

The organiser, who deliberately flouted Tier 4 rules and held the party at an address on Exhibition Road, SW7, has been told she has now been referred for the maximum penalty.

Police officers on patrol in the Kensington area dispersed a large group who had gathered outside the address at around 11.30pm, last Thursday.

It is believed the large group were attempting to gain entry to the party, but were blocked from entering.

Officers reported that they believed there was a gathering inside the premises but despite repeated attempts to communicate and gain entry to the property, the occupants refused to engage with the police.

The organiser was told on Monday, January 4, that her actions had breached the Health Protection Regulations 2020 and she was given notice of her referral.

Acting Inspector Ganesh Rasaratnam, from the Met’s Central West Basic Command Unit, said: “We are in the middle of a pandemic, and restrictions have been put in place to keep our families, friends and communities safe.

“The organiser, and those who attended, deliberately breached the restrictions and decided that the rules did not apply to them.

“We will continue to take tough action against those who think they are above the law and put others in danger with this sort of reckless behaviour.

“Thankfully, many people across London have put much of their own lives on hold as they do their bit to follow the guidance and reduce Covid infections.

“The large majority have behaved admirably and should be proud of themselves for helping play their part as we all fight this health crisis.”

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