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Police ‘break up party in basement’

Met officers say gathering was the latest example of Covid-19 rule-breaking

21 December, 2020 — By Tom Foot

A SOHO hairdressers is facing a fine of up to £10,000 after police reported busting a basement party of more than 100 people.

The speakeasy in Cut and Grind in D’Arblay Street was shut down at around 1am on Friday in what Met officers said was the latest example of flagrant Covid-19 rule-breaking

Behind the sinks and chairs of the barbers, a staircase led down to a makeshift bar and dance floor with turntables and speakers, they said.

Soho PC Steve Muldoon said: “London was on the cusp of stricter restrictions and it is deeply concerning and irritating that people are still willing to break the rules and put the health of Londoners at risk.

“Over the last couple of weeks we have responded to a number of parties and unlicensed music events across Soho. It is frankly shocking that people are willing to break the rules, which are clearly there to keep people safe.

“At this critical time for our city I would urge everyone to stick to the rules. They are there to keep us all safe and prevent the spread of the virus.”

Cut and Grind did not respond to a request for comment from the Extra.

Soho’s nightlife has proved itself largely immune to pandemic restrictions with revellers continuing to drink in central London.

There were parties in the streets on Tuesday night ahead of the tier 3 restrictions coming into force.

Covid marshals were on patrol as drinkers spilled out onto the streets after kicking out time.

Police made four Covid arrests last week of shoppers at Harrods store in Knightsbridge.

And on Monday a march of 200 anti-Tier 3 protesters around Victoria Street and Parliament Square got out of hand, leading to one man being hit on the head with a baton by police.

Eleven people were arrested for a variety of offences including; breach of Covid regulations, Public Order Act offences and assaulting an emergency worker.

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