POLICE have been called in to investigate an unofficial large gathering at Warrington Cenotaph yesterday, Sunday.
Concerns have been raised about the management and organisation of the large gathering of an estimated 200 people at an unofficial Remembrance Sunday event at the Cenotaph yesterday, 8 November, which went ahead despite the current national restrictions.
As a result of the concerns, Warrington Borough Council has contacted Cheshire Police who will be investigating the gathering, to ascertain how the event was organised without prior notice and to identify what COVID-secure measures were in place as required by the regulations.
Julie Cooke, Deputy Chief Constable at Cheshire Police, said: “We are aware of the concerns raised and are reviewing what happened at the Cenotaph in Warrington on Remembrance Sunday.”
Earlier in the day the Mayor of Warrington Cllr Maureen Creaghan had laid a wreath at the town’s cenotaph but did not attend the unofficial event.
Warrington Borough Council have declined to make any further comments pending the police investigation.
One of those who attended the event was Warrington South MP Andy Carter who says he followed government guidelines which states MPs are allowed to lay a wreath of behalf to their constituents.
He said: “Specific exemptions were made by the Government to allow for open-air, socially distanced Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying.
“I placed a wreath at the cenotaph yesterday morning in my capacity as member of parliament on behalf of my Warrington South constituents, a number of other individuals and organisations, including Cheshire Police, did the same.”
Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Cathy Mitchell, who laid a wreath on behalf of Winwick Parish Council, said she didn’t want to comment pending the police investigation.
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