British police said on Friday they had broken up a Jewish wedding with almost 400 guests in violation of COVID lockdown rules, which only allow six people to attend.
However, officers found hundreds of people gathering in Stamford Hill, in north London, with the windows covered to stop people from seeing inside. The organizer of the wedding now could be fined up to 10,000 pounds ($13,700), and five others were issued 200-pound penalties.
The wedding took place at the Yesodey Hatorah Girls School, which serves Haredi Jewish families in the area, home to the biggest Orthodox Jewish community in Europe.
"We are absolutely horrified about last night's event and condemn it in the strongest possible terms," the school said in a statement. An outside organization was responsible for letting out its hall and it had no knowledge of the wedding, the school said.