Crimes Exposed at British Weddings, Including Mass Brawls, Dog Attacks and Sexual Offenses | UK News
It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, but police have revealed details of dozens of reported marriage crimes over the past three years – including mass brawls, robberies and sexual misconduct. .
A force has been contacted over a wedding photo that drew hundreds of negative comments on social media – and after an alleged dog attack on two guests.
It comes as the limit on the number of people who can attend weddings should be relaxed since Monday, when groups of up to 30 people will be allowed for ceremonies and receptions in England.
Police put an end to illegal gatherings of more than 15 people at weddings during England’s lockdown – including an event in north London in January where 150 guests showed up, at the top of the United Kingdom COVID crisis.
Following Sky News freedom of information requests, UK police forces have revealed details of reported crimes in marriages between 2018 and April 2021.
Among the alleged offenses:
• Avon and Somerset Police said they were called to a fight involving 40 people “using glass as weapons at a traveling community wedding”
• North Wales Police said a drunken wedding guest smashed a window in a hotel and when people tried to restrain him he assaulted the photographer.
• The same force was contacted after a man attended a wedding where a family friend led him behind a marquee, knelt in front of him and attempted to take off his pants
• Cleveland Police said a bride’s sister was punched in the face at a wedding and pushed onto a table, causing a cut on her back.
• Avon and Somerset Police said they were called to a wedding venue because “the father of the bride got very violent and is trying to start a fight”
• The force was also contacted after two families at a wedding venue “physically quarrel, throw drinks and break glasses”
• North Wales Police said one person reported that his wedding photo appeared on a social media platform and elicited 244 negative comments.
• The same force revealed that a wedding guest reported that a woman had put a dog on the complainant and her daughter.
• Humberside Police were called after two siblings got into an argument at their brother’s wedding when one spilled a drink in the other’s purse and “the situation then escalated “
• Police also said a bride reported that her wedding veil was stolen during the reception
• North Wales Police said a man said he was ‘hit and strangled’ in an assault at a wedding.
• Cambridgeshire Police said an informant alleged that a six-year-old boy saw his mother and partner ‘act sexually at a family wedding’.
• Police also received a report of common assault and battery after a woman allegedly assaulted her father on her wedding day by pushing and slapping him in the face.
• Cambridgeshire Police say a person was knocked out after being hit in a fight at a wedding
• Avon and Somerset Police said a wishing well containing money was left in the main room of a hotel overnight after a wedding, before being found with “the lid torn off ” the next morning.
• North Wales Police say a steel letterbox full of cards and money was stolen from a marquee at a wedding
Police forces have been unable to reveal the total number of crimes reported during marriages, with many saying retrieving the data will exceed the time and cost set by the Freedom of Information Act.
Meanwhile, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has said it does not record the number of fines imposed for violations of the coronavirus rules at weddings.
The NPCC said it was the responsibility of local and licensing authorities to ensure compliance, with police getting involved in the event of a joint license operation or dealing with violence or disorder on the site. a website.
As of Monday, up to 30 people can attend weddings in England, although dancing is still not permitted.
In Scotland 50 people can attend weddings and receptions, while in Wales they are limited to 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from Monday.
There is no limit to the number of people allowed to attend a wedding in Northern Ireland, but venues must assess how safely they can accommodate and receptions are not permitted until May 24.
The NPCC warned last month that there were “still a small number of people who blatantly ignore the rules, attending and organizing large rallies.”
Its chairman, Martin Hewitt, said: “Forces across the country have brought a number of these selfish and dangerous events to an end, and the officers will not give up on their efforts in the coming weeks.”
He added: “Our officers will continue to conduct patrols and engage with the public to continue to explain the restrictions that remain in place at the time.”