Wedding reception shut down with 70 people in pub past 10pm curfew

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A pub has been handed a £1,000 fine after hosting a wedding reception past 10pm with around 65 to 70 guests in attendance.

In footage from body-worn cameras, officers can be seen arriving at The Greyhound, in Erdington, Birmingham, two hours after the 10pm curfew. They then discovered there was a party still taking place, with a large buffet table, drinks being served, a DJ booth and gazebo in the garden.

Officers said there was also no social distancing taking place at the party, and the amount of guests was more than double the 30 permitted by law at the time. Couples are now only allowed to have 15 guests at their wedding or sit-down reception after.

West Midlands Police had been alerted to the event by a member of the public, who complained about the noise.

Officers approached The Greyhound pub past midnight (Picture: West Midlands Police)

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The guests were then dispersed from the venue and the party was shut down. The pub owners were issued with a £1,000 fine for breaking both the curfew and coronavirus restrictions in place.

Sgt Nick Giess, licensing lead for Birmingham, said: ‘This was a double whammy of breaches.

There was a large buffet table and drinks still being served (Picture: West Midlands Police)
The pub was fined £1,000 for hosting the event (Picture: West Midlands Police)

Not only were they hosting a wedding party of around 60, which was twice the number allowed at the time, but they were still open at midnight with no signs of shutting down.

‘No officer wants to barge in on someone’s wedding day – but we’ve got a duty to enforce these new rules to protect not only the guests, but their loved ones and the people they’ll come into contact with.

‘Our officers took a sensible approach and chose not to fine the guests, but those running licensed premises should know better.

‘We’ve decided to impose a £1,000 fine, and not the £10,000 maximum, because it was on a much smaller scale than some other events, and the pub has not been in trouble with us before.’

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