Police issue further warning to Bournemouth ‘minyan’ - and stop family travelling to Wales

Crowds gather again at local hotel in defiance of government guidelines


Police have attended the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth for the third time in two weekends following reports of an alleged minyan being held on the site.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said officers spoke to Charedim there on Shabbat morning, once again explaining to them the current government guidance on gatherings and social distancing.

It is believed many of those taking part have holiday homes in the coastal town.

Local leaders and residents have condemned the gatherings, with one Orthodox rabbi describing them as “a disgrace”.

In a separate incident, police in North Wales have stopped a Jewish family for breaking the lockdown by travelling to Llandudno from London.

Officers spoke to a husband and wife, who were with nine children and another relative, and asked them to return home. According to a police spokesperson, officers chose not to report them for breaching lockdown restrictions as they were “were happy that the group accepted the advice”.

Unlike England, Wales currently has a full lockdown in place, meaning any unnecessary travel is prohibited. People are not allowed to travel into Wales from England.

Inspector Daf Curry said: “We enjoy the fact that a large Jewish community chooses to come to Llandudno, usually around Easter time, and are here for much of the summer. When the restrictions are lifted, we would really welcome their return.

“I appreciate the understanding and commitment that the vast majority have had in not travelling at this time.”




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