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A London woman has been fined £12,000 for hosting a party a day after TWO shots were held in Downing Street

A London woman has been fined £12,000 for throwing a 27th birthday party with a bouncy castle a day after TWO shots were held in Downing Street

  • Vianna McKenzie-Bramble, 28, threw a birthday party in Hackney last April
  • She was fined £12,000 for hosting the party and breaking Covid rules
  • It came a day after two after-work rallies were held in Downing Street

A woman has been fined £12,000 for hosting an anti-lockdown party for her 27th birthday last year, a day after two rallies were held in Downing Street.

Vianna McKenzie-Bramble, 28, is one of thousands of people who have been taken to court for breaking government-imposed Covid limitation rules.

The party, with around 40 people and a bouncy castle in Hackney, east London, on April 17, 2021, took place on the same day as the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which the Queen attended wearing a face mask and socially estranged from her family. in Windsor, in line with Covid restrictions.

Police officers patrol St James’s Park last spring when ‘stay at home’ restrictions were eased. Vianna McKenzie-Bramble, 28, hosted the birthday party in April 2021

In a witness statement, police chastised Ms McKenzie-Bramble for hosting the party as the country mourned after Philip’s death.

It also emerged that councilors and officials gathered for two separate parties in Downing Street after work on the eve of the funeral.

Number 10 has apologized to Buckingham Palace for the holidays.

Ms McKenzie-Bramble's party was on the same day as the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, which the Queen attended wearing a face mask

Ms McKenzie-Bramble’s party was on the same day as the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which the Queen attended wearing a face mask

Former Boris Johnson communications director James Slack also apologized for the “anger and hurt” caused by one of the rallies, which was an organized departure for him.

At the time, government guidelines said: ‘You must not socialize indoors except with your household or support bubble.

“You can meet outdoors, including in gardens, in groups of six or two households.”

The Metropolitan Police said any inquiry into the Downing Street parties would depend on evidence uncovered by the Cabinet Office inquiry.

A bombshell email leaked last week proved that Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited more than 100 employees to bring their own drinks to the lavish No10 gardens on May 20, 2020 to ‘make the most of the beautiful time “.

At the time, only two people were allowed to socialize outdoors despite being at least two meters apart under national Covid curbs.

Officers showed up at Ms McKenzie-Bramble’s party after members of the public complained about a large party breaking Covid rules, according to the witness statement.

Police discovered that a marquee and a bouncy castle had been set up in the estate’s communal garden.

Groups of people, “none of whom were wearing masks or social distancing”, “gathered in groups much larger than six”.

In the witness statement, Constable Lindsey England said: ‘I explained to Vianna that there had to be consequences for her actions, namely staging such a large gathering at a time when there is still such a significant risk to public health.

“That day in particular was the funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

“The country is in mourning and only a few members of his immediate family were able to attend the ceremony.

“Vianna is so jaded to hold such a large and illegal event for her 27th birthday is totally unacceptable and disrespectful in light of everything going on in the world.”

Ms McKenzie-Bramble was ordered to pay a fine of £12,000 within 28 days, along with a surcharge of £190 for the victims’ fund and £110 in court costs, at a closed-door hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 29, 2021.