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School ‘horrified’ after 400 celebrate wedding on premises despite lockdown

School ‘horrified’ after 400 celebrate wedding on premises despite lockdown

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The school hall had been rented out to an external organisation, according to a spokesperson (Picture: PA/Jewish Chronicle)

A school is absolutely horrified after hundreds of partygoers were caught celebrating a wedding on the premises in north London.

Organisers of the event at Yesoday Hatorah Girls Senior School in Stamford Hill face a £10,000 fine after the gathering on Thursday night. 

The windows of the school were found boarded up with ‘up to 400 guests’ crammed inside.

A school spokesperson condemned the event in the strongest possible terms this afternoon, saying the hall had been rented out to an external organisation.

Staff had no knowledge of the gathering and the contract has now been severed, they said.

It comes after former Yesoday Hatorah school principal and Hackney councillor Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, 70, died with coronavirus in April last year.

A Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School spokesman said: We are absolutely horrified about last nights event and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.

We lease our hall to an external organisation which manages all lettings and, as such, we had no knowledge that the wedding was taking place. We have terminated the agreement with immediate effect.

The Yesodey Hatorah Secondary Girls School in Stamford Hill, north London, where officers from the Metropolitan Police broke up a wedding attended by around 400 people on Thursday evening. Organisers, who had covered the windows to stop people seeing in, are facing a fine of up to ?10,000 for a breach of Covid-19 regulations. Picture date: Friday January 22, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE CoronavirusWedding. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The Yesodey Hatorah Secondary Girls School in Stamford Hill, north London (Picture: PA)
Embargoed to 0001 Thursday, March 1st. Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, the Principal of the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School in Stamford Hill, north London, stands in one of the halls in his school, which was named as the most effective in the country in league tables published today.
Former principal Rabbi Avrohom Pinter died with Covid in April (Picture: PA)

‘We are investigating how this shocking breach has happened and have no plans to re-lease the premises to any third party.

We deplore the actions of anyone in any community breaking the law and risking peoples lives in this way.

The organiser has been reported for the consideration of a £10,000 fine and five attendees were issued with £200 fines, although many guests fled as police arrived.

Detective chief superintendent for the Met, Marcus Barnett, has named the wedding a completely unacceptable breach of the law, which is very clearly in place to save lives and protect the NHS.

He said: An NHS that is under considerable pressure at a time when Covid 19 has killed nearly 100,000 people. This is a deadly and very dangerous disease. We can all see that and we must act responsibly.

People across the country are making sacrifices by cancelling or postponing weddings and other celebrations and there is no excuse for this type of behaviour.

My officers are working tirelessly with the community and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action if that is required to keep people safe.

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