Pictures from across London showed quiet streets on New Year’s Eve 2020.
Despite a spectacular firework and lightshow in the skies over Tower Bridge and the City, crowds were significantly diminished compared to the usual.
Despite this, police had to break up parties across the capital as some revellers ignored warnings to ring in the new year with members of their own household only.
Several forces across the country issued the maximum £10,000 fine to organisers as they battled to get people to stick to the rules.
Piccadilly Circus – Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
New restrictions which came into effect at midnight on December 31 meant a total of 44 million people – 78% of the population of England – saw in 2021 under the toughest Tier 4 measures.
Wardour Street – Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Metropolitan Police (MPS) said officers had broken up a music event in east London’s Royal Docks and slapped the host with the top penalty.
Trafalgar Square – Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
A number of house parties were also dispersed across the east of the capital.
Old Compton Street – Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
An unlicensed music event was shut down in Sydenham, with one man arrested and 11 threatened with fines for breaking social distancing rules.
Leicester Square – Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet thanked all those who had stayed home on what is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year.
Rupert Street – Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
But he added: “Unfortunately, there were others who decided to blatantly flout the coronavirus rules and regulations and, ultimately, they decided that partying was more important than protecting other people.
Mounted Police in Haymarket – Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
“We’ve seized their equipment, arrested five people, and issued a large number of fines to those who think this behaviour is acceptable.”
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