Man, 31, will appear in court charged with breaching Covid rules

Man, 31, will appear in court charged with breaching Covid rules

February 14, 2021

Man, 31, will appear in court charged with breaching Covid rules after police raided illegal rave attended by more than 30 people on boat in north London

  • Jordy Nicholas Van Duijvenbode, 31, charged for breaching Covid regulations
  • Released on bail to appear before Thames Magistrates’ Court on March 2
  • Police called to boat on the River Lea between Tottenham Lock and Hackney
  • The force said 26 revellers face being fined £800 for breaching the rules 

A man has been charged with breaching coronavirus regulations after more than 30 people attended an illegal party on a house boat. 

Metropolitan Police officers were called to several reports of a large number of people playing loud music on a boat on the River Lea between Tottenham Lock and Hackney, north-east London, in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Jordy Nicholas Van Duijvenbode, 31, of no fixed address, was charged on Sunday with one count of holding a gathering of more than 30 people and one count of participating in a gathering of two or more people. 

He has been released on bail to appear before Thames Magistrates’ Court on March 2. 

Jordy Nicholas Van Duijvenbode, 31, has been released on bail to appear before Thames Magistrates’ Court on March 2

The Metropolitan Police raided the boat on the River Lea between Tottenham Lock and Hackney, north-east London, in the early hours of Saturday morning where they found more than 30 people having an illegal rave

On Saturday, officers in Hackney located the party boat off Hackney Marshes at 4.20am and found around 30 people on board.   

One person was arrested and 26 fines were issued while music equipment was seized during the raid.  

The Metropolitan Police’s Marine Unit secured the boat and police said 26 people were reported for the consideration of fixed penalty notices of £800 for breaking the rules designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

Chief Inspector Pete Shaw, in charge of Covid policing in east London, said at the time: ‘It is incredibly disappointing that incidents of this nature continue when the vast majority of Londoners are doing the right thing and making huge sacrifices to stop the virus spreading.

‘Each breach of the regulations not only presents a risk to the groups congregating but also to the officers who have to deal with it. To have an individual who has repeatedly ignored these regulations and who appears to have organised multiple events is dangerous and indicates a complete disregard for the safety of all involved.

‘We need to be doing everything we can as a community to try and keep ourselves, our family and friends as safe as possible and to reduce the pressure on the NHS.’

The scenes came after 19 people were fined at a party in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and ten adults were slapped with fines after being found at a children’s party in York. 

Specialist officers raided the canal boat at 4.20am on Saturday and made one arrest 

The Metropolitan Police’s Marine Unit secured the boat and police said 26 people were reported for the consideration of fixed penalty notices

Officers in Hackney seized music equipment following the raid off Hackney Marshes

Also this month police were called to Ormskirk in Lancashire to break up a house party attended by 30 revellers. 

A 20-year-old woman was given a £10,000 fixed penalty notice and nine others were fined £800. 

Earlier today Britain recorded a further 10,972 Covid cases – down 31 per cent on last Sunday.

In a positive boost for Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, today’s daily case load is almost a third smaller than the 15,845 reported on this day last week.

Britain’s daily death toll has also plunged – with 258 fatalities recorded today. The figure is 31 per cent lower than the 373 recorded last Sunday. 

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