Woman arrested after 300 people attended illegal gathering

A woman has been arrested after more than 300 people attended a silent despite Covid-19 rules.

The 50-year-old was arrested yesterday (Friday, September 11) on suspicion of money laundering and offences against the licensing act.

Evidence was seized as part of an investigation into an unlicensed music event at an industrial unit in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, on August 30, police said.

Officers are now seeking to freeze the money they believe was made from the event.

Chief superintendent Richard Liversidge said: “This is clear evidence that Hertfordshire Constabulary will pursue relentlessly and bring to justice any offenders who intend to organise similar events across Hertfordshire.”

Chief Inspector Stuart Orton, the District Policing Commander for East Herts added: “In the current climate with COVID circulating ever more virulently in the community, and the latest legislative changes from HM Govt. regarding the permitted size of gatherings, it is imperative that the public abide by social distancing regulations.

“Breaches will be dealt with robustly and to the full extent of the law.”

From Monday, September 11, social gatherings of more than six people will be made illegal in England.

If people fail to comply with the new coronavirus rules, they could face a fine of £100.

The current guidelines (which will no longer apply come Monday), says two households of any size are allowed to meet indoors or outdoors – or up to six people from different households outdoors.

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