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Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Ahead of a number of planned demonstrations and events in London this weekend, senior officers are urging those organising or attending these events to be sensible and comply with regulations designed to keep everyone safe.

The city remains in a public health crisis and officers will be engaging with crowds at events, explaining and encouraging those present to stick to the rules.

Those who fail to comply, deliberately ignore the instructions of officers, and put other people at risk of transmitting the virus, will be subjected to enforcement action in line with the regulations.

Under current regulations, no person may participate in a gathering of more than six people outdoors, unless certain exemptions apply. Those looking at attending or organising a demonstration are urged to read the attached open letter from the Metropolitan Police Service.

As well as protests at London landmarks and outside embassies and other prominent locations, officers have also received information that unlicensed music events (UMEs) are being organised across the capital. These events remain illegal and officers will look to shut down these events and take action against organisers.

Commander Ade Adelekan, Gold Commander for Saturday, said: “As COVID-19 cases rise across the capital, it is vitally important for us all to stick to the regulations which are there to keep everyone safe. Throughout London, we will have officers on hand to respond to reports of breaches but to also engage with communities on the rules.

“I would urge those looking at attending a protest tomorrow that these events may not be exempt from the regulations if the organisers do not comply with the regulations and submit a satisfactory risk assessment. This could result in crowds being dispersed or indeed enforcement action being taken by officers on scene.

“Everybody has a personal responsibility to stick to the regulations and help prevent the transmission of Coronavirus. We will not allow the health of Londoners to be put at risk and officers and we will take action against those groups or individuals who flagrantly and dangerously breach these rules.” 

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