Moment Metropolitan Police bust illegal party at barbers shop in south London

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his is the moment police busted an illegal party at a barbers shop in south London.

A total of 22 people were referred for fixed penalty notices after the discovery, with the owner of the premises facing a £10,000 fine for the “clear breach” of Covid regulations.

The raid in London Road, West Croydon took place at 11.45pm on February 20, after reports of a “large gathering” and loud music coming from the building.

The Metropolitan Police today released body worn camera images from the raid.

Inspector Kathy Morteo, of the Met’s South Area Command, said: “Everyone knows that it is neither lawful nor safe for such events to take place while the country is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Health Protection Regulations are in place for good and easily understood reasons, and it is our role to enforce them in London.

“Police were called at around 23:45hrs on Friday, 19 February, to a large gathering and loud music at the barber shop on London Road.

“Officers attended, identified clear evidence of breaches of Health Protection Regulations and dispersed those present as quickly and safely as possible.

“A total of 22 people were reported for consideration of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for breaching Health Protection Regulations. In addition the organiser of the event was reported for consideration of a £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notice.”

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