Police raid a baby shower for breaking Covid rules
Video footage has captured the moment police raided a house to find 20 people inside enjoying a baby shower.
Body-worn footage of officers entering the house in Hornchurch, east London, on Sunday shows the group
sitting around a table covered with food and a balloon arch at one end of the room.
The two organizers, men aged 22 and 44, were both reported for breaking lockdown rules and now face a £200
This comes after police in Hampshire found a ‘hot tub’ party at a property in Gosport on Sunday, where one of
the occupants claimed to be unaware of the pandemic.
A man and woman were also slapped with Covid fines after they made a 260 mile round trip to Yorkshire to find a
Guests at the party included young children and teenagers, as well as people in their late 40s.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, from the Met’s East Area Basic Command Unit, said: ‘This gathering had
people of widely different ages and from different households present.
‘Whilst I fully understand that people want to get together to celebrate events, this is definitely not the time to
do it in person.
A gathering like this can have tragic consequences for all those involved and risks spreading this terrible virus to
our loved ones and the wider community.
‘Please have no doubt, we are determined to deal robustly with those who breach the Covid regulations in this
way.’ Elsewhere, police in Hampshire blocked off a car park to catch and fine 26 people for gathering for a car
meet in breach of Covid-19 regulations. Officers shut off the car park at Blacknest Industrial Estate in Alton on
Saturday evening after finding a large number of vehicles including BMWs, Nissans, and Toyotas –
from as far afield as Shropshire, Kent, Surrey, and Berkshire. A force spokesman said that people inside the cars
were from different households with many not wearing face coverings.
Officers also caught a man and woman after they’d traveled from Derbyshire to Yorkshire in search of a Sunday
dinner. The pair, in their 20s, told officers that one of their mum’s had ‘let them down’ after promising to cook for
them, so the duo ended up driving 130 miles to York in search of a takeaway roast.
A police spokesperson said: ‘We know nobody does Yorkshire puddings better than us here in Yorkshire.
‘But they’re really not worth getting into trouble for.
‘While most people continued to stay home and stay safe, our officers encountered a man and a woman who
drove from Derbyshire to look for something to eat in York.
‘Following further inquiries, they told officers that one of their mums was going to cook them Sunday lunch but
had ‘let them down’.