Church accuses London police of ‘brutally exceeding their powers’ after shutting down service

By The Christian Post

The Union flag flies in front of the Clock face on the Queen Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben on April 2, 2019, in London, England. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Police in Britain shut down a Good Friday service at a Roman Catholic church in London, claiming violation of COVID-19 rules, and threatened to impose a fine of $280 on each person sitting on the pews, according to media reports.

Calling the gathering “unlawful,” police disrupted a Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion service at Christ the King Polish church in Balham, south London, on Friday evening, according to Sky News, which reported that one of the police officers can be seen in footage telling the congregation that such a gathering was “unfortunately unlawful under the coronavirus regulations.”

“You are not allowed to meet inside with this many people under law,” the officer continued. “At this moment in time, you need to go home. Failure to comply with this direction to leave and go to your home address ultimately could lead you to be fined £200 or, if you fail to give your details, to you being arrested. It’s Good Friday, and I appreciate you would like to worship, but it is unlawful.”

Churches are allowed to hold services without any limit on the number of congregants during England’s lockdown, provided the congregation follows social distancing and wear masks, according to the U.K.’s Independent newspaper.

Source:The Christian Post