Covid-19: MP Claims 'Outrage' at Dropped Charge for 150-Guest Funeral
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An MP has highlighted "widespread outrage" over the failure to prosecute anyone over a funeral allegedly attended by up to 150 mourners.
The event took place at a church in Kettering, Northamptonshire, during the second lockdown in November.
A man was charged with a breach of Covid rules, but the case was this week dropped due to lack of evidence.
Speaking in Parliament, Kettering MP Philip Hollobone called it "a clear and flagrant breach" of regulations.
The funeral for 47-year-old Joe Rooney, who had died in a crash, was held at a Catholic church in the town centre on 9 November.
It was described by Northamptonshire Police at the time as showing a "blatant disregard" for the 30-person limit, with officers sent to the funeral procession and road blocks put in place.
Police said they would issue a £10,000 fine, with Chief Constable Nick Adderley commenting that he sympathised but "no-one is above the law".
The man charged appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Monday.
The Crown Prosecution Service said it received the case file that morning and "after careful review" could not prosecute for any offence due to a lack of evidence from police.
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