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PSNI probing west Belfast funeral with evidence gathering operation in place for potential Covid-19 breaches

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A funeral in west Belfast on Thursday is being investigated for potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The PSNI said they conducted an evidence gathering operation at the funeral and added they would review the incident to determine if any offences had taken place.

Current coronavirus regulations published by the Northern Ireland Executive however, state that while funeral services in private homes are still forbidden, the number that are permitted to attend funerals in “places of worship, funeral homes, the City of Belfast Crematorium or at a burial ground” is subject to a risk assessment carried out for the venue.

There are no further details about the specific funeral in question, nor whether such a risk assessment was carried out in this case.

The PSNI posted on Twitter: “Police were aware of, and in attendance at, a funeral that took place in west Belfast earlier today (Thursday 22 July).

“Evidence-gathering took place and this will now be subject to a review to determine if any offences were committed.”

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The PSNI has been contacted for a response to this story.


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