The family hosting the funeral was warned beforehand only 30 people could attend (Picture: Getty Images)
Two men, including an undertaker, have been fined £10,000 each after nearly 150 mourners attended a funeral.
The family hosting the service was warned by police beforehand that only 30 people could attend, in line with Government Covid restrictions.
Officers sent mourners home immediately after arriving to find ‘close to 150 people’ crammed inside a venue on Friday.
A funeral director, 41, from Mansfield was fined £10,000 by the Hertfordshire Constabulary for ‘not managing this event correctly or advising their clients of the rules’.
A man in his 30s was later fined £10,000 by Bedfordshire Police for his role in the gathering, which took place in Arlesey, Bedfordshire.
Superintendent Nick Caveney, of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, has warned ‘flagrant breaches’ of coronavirus rules ‘will not be tolerated’.
He said: ‘This is a very difficult time for everyone, and whilst we completely understand that people would like to mourn their loved ones, we have to remember that the current circumstances are out of the ordinary and that we must adhere to the rules to keep each other safe.
‘This was a clear and blatant breach of the current restrictions, which are necessary in order to protect the NHS and help save lives.
‘We have issued a £10,000 fine to a funeral director from Mansfield for not managing this event correctly and advising their clients of the rules.
‘We implore all business owners to ensure that they are they are following the restrictions safely and responsibly. Flagrant breaches of the restrictions such as this will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire.’
Ch Supt John Murphy from the Bedfordshire force added: ‘Fines and enforcement are a last resort for us, and we will always engage and work with families in the first instance.
‘But we need to take firm action against those who brazenly decide to go against the guidelines outlined by the government and put a large number of people at risk.’
It comes after up to 400 people gathered at a school in north London for a wedding this week.
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