A LOCKDOWN wedding was attended by 400 guests at a school in London just ten months after the principal died from Covid.
Police stormed the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Stamford Hill at around 9.15pm to discover guests crammed inside despite the current Covid rules.
Cops busted a wedding at a school in Stamford HillCredit: PA:Press Association
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.
It has come under fire in the past for removing references to homosexuality and women socialising with men from a GCSE textbook.
The mayor of Hackney today said the school has also previously been used for similar events during the pandemic.
Speaking to BBC News, mayor Philip Glanville said: “It’s a deeply disturbing incident at a time when in Hackney we have seen the largest number of deaths reported since last April.
“Unfortunately, similar events have taken place even at this venue before and we need to be really clear how unacceptable it is.”
But a spokesperson for Yesodey Hatorah School said in a statement they lease their hall out and had “no knowledge” of the bash.
They added: “We are absolutely horrified about last night’s event and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
“We lease our hall to an external organisation which manages all lettings and, as such, we had no knowledge that the wedding was taking place. We have terminated the agreement with immediate effect.
“We are investigating how this shocking breach has happened and have no plans to re-lease the premises to any third party.
“We deplore the actions of anyone in any community breaking the law and risking people’s lives in this way.”
Under current lockdown rules, weddings and civil partnerships can only take place with up to six people.
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.”
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”.
The school’s principal Rabbi Avrohom Pinter died from Covid last AprilCredit: PA:Press Association