Police swoop on Sheffield funeral over social distancing concerns

Police were called to a funeral in Sheffield after dozens of people turned up at a cemetery in breach of coronavirus rules.

By Sophie Wills
Thursday, 28th January 2021, 7:56 pm

Officers were notified of the gathering at Shiregreen Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon (January 26) at around 3pm.

Under current Government rules, funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people during the national lockdown.

But a picture of the scene sent in by a Sheffield Star reader appears to show more than 30 people gathered at the site.

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This picture sent in by a concerned reader shows a large group of people who don't appear to be following social distancing rules at Shiregreen Cemetery.

The reader told us: “I was appalled to see that social distancing wasn't being observed at Shiregreen Cemetery. And people wonder why we still have high rates in Sheffield.”

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police confirmed police had been in attendance, adding: “Officers attended and swiftly dispersed the group who had gathered to witness a private funeral service.

“Enquiries are ongoing to identify the organiser and take appropriate enforcement action.”

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