Police break up ‘100 strong’ lockdown protest in Peckham

Katherine Johnston (31 December, 2020)

58-year-old organiser faces £10k fine

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A 100-strong lockdown protest in Rye Lane was shut down by police this week, with the organiser facing a potential £10k fine.

The Met was called to Peckham on the afternoon of Sunday (December 27) after reports of a demonstration in breach of tier 4 Covid regulations.

Around 100 people were in attendance, some dancing, while speakers addressed the crowds with megaphones. Officers say the event appeared to have been ‘pre-planned’.

Acting Inspector David Smith, said: “This sort of gathering is specifically prohibited under the Tier 4 restrictions brought in following the recent rapid rise in cases.

“We all have a responsibility to follow the rules, stay at home as much as possible and help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our city.

“Anyone coordinating intentional breaches on this scale should know they risk very significant financial penalties.”

Officers engaged with those taking part in the protest to remind them of their responsibility and the requirement to adhere to the regulations.

The organiser, a 58-year-old man, will be reported for the consideration of a fixed penalty notice of up to £10,000.

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