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Local police commander issues warning after multiple gatherings dispersed

East Area Commander Stephen Clayman said people breaching lockdown rules will be fined

The Metropolitan Police Commander for Havering, Barking and Dagenham, and Redbridge has warned officers will take enforcement action against people breaching lockdown rules. 

Officers have broken up at least nine gatherings, including two football matches and a large house party, since Friday, 8 January. 

“If we come across blatant breaches of these rules, we may move quickly to enforcement action and this will certainly be the case with large gatherings, such as house parties and unlicensed music events,” said East Area Commander Stephen Clayman. 

“The police have a key part to play during this pandemic and officers are putting themselves at risk every day as we continue to respond and deal with all types of calls.”

Officers fined three people who were gathering in Fentiman Way Car Park, Hornchurch, on Friday, 8 January. A further three people were penalized after meeting in Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, on that same day. 

Saturday was the busiest day, with officers dispersing a football match in Fairlop Oak Playing Fields which resulted in one person being fined. 

They also responded to reports of another football match taking place in Valentines Park, Ilford, which appeared to be attended by around 40 people. 

Dozens of players narrowly avoided police in Valentines Park on Saturday

Police also responded to reports two households were mixing at an address in Eastbrook Drive, Rush Green, and issued six fixed penalty notices to both the homeowner and attendees. 

Another person held a house party to celebrate moving into a property in Chadway, Becontree, on the same day. Officers dispersed the event and fined both the organiser and another party-goer. 

A garden party and another small gathering in Ford End, Woodford Green, were also broken up on Saturday. 

On Sunday, officers dispersed a large house party taking place in Mill Point, Abbey Road, Barking. They fined ten people including the householder and multiple attendees. 

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