Police liaison head resigns after Golders Green wedding

Moishe Friedlander has stepped down following the event on Wednesday


The chairman of a police liaison group has resigned after it was revealed his daughter’s wedding went ahead in Golders Green earlier this week, despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Moishe Friedlander, from Stamford Hill, quit as chairman of the independent advisory group for police in Hackney.

Police visited the house in Bridge Lane where the ceremony took place twice after complaints from local residents, issuing one penalty notice for breaching social distancing rules.

Video and photos circulated on social media showed a couple being married under a chupah in the garden and decorated tables inside for some 30 or so people.

Weddings are among the ceremonies that are banned by to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The Metropolitan Police said on Thursday that Mr Friedlander had "voluntarily stepped down" as head of the IAG for the North London borough.

Mr Friedlander confirmed he had left the role."It’s happened, it’s over with now," he said.

Another wedding believed to have been due to take place in Golders Green on Thursday was called off following uproar over Wednesday’s event.

The government announced last month that it was stopping religious ceremonies including weddings, although funerals would be exempt.

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