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‘100 police officers storm wake’ after ’70 mourners’ cram onto caravan site

Police said they reported 42 people for possible fines (Picture:SWNS)

Around ‘100 police officers stormed a wake’ after ’70 people’ flouted coronavirus rules by cramming onto a static caravan site.

Officers lined a residential street in Seven Sisters, London in an effort to ‘reason’ with mourners, who locals claimed were part of a traveller community.

A total of 42 people were reported for consideration of fixed penalty notices but it is unclear whether anyone was arrested during the incident on Thursday.

A dispersal zone has also been authorised in the area, with residents likely to see an increased police presence this evening and over the weekend.

One resident has claimed another wake was held at the same site on Tuesday, with ‘250 people drinking in the street’.

An onlooker, 35, who did not want to be named said the ‘wake got a bit rowdy’. 

Officers spoke to the crowd and tried to get them to leave but ‘they didn’t get very far’, he said.

Witnesses said police spent a long time trying to get people to disperse (Picture: SWNS)
Police wore masks as they negotiated with people who had gathered behind the gate (Picture: SWNS)
Witnesses said there were 100 police officers at the scene (Picture: SWNS)
One witness said there were 16 police vans at the scene (Picture: SWNS)

The  Metropolitan Police said: ‘We are aware of repeated incidents this week regarding large numbers congregating in the vicinity of Clyde Road, N15.

‘On Thursday, 14 January, 42 were reported for consideration of a fixed penalty notice.

‘A policing plan is in place in conjunction with the local authority to prevent any further incidents.

‘A dispersal zone has also been authorised in the area and residents are likely to see an increased police presence this evening and over the weekend.’ 

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