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Police apology for raiding a church during broadcast

January 2021

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Police have apologised to a church pastor after bursting in on his service broadcast and incorrectly telling him that he was breaking coronavirus regulations.

On 20 November, two officers interrupted Revd Daniel Mateola’s service in Milton Keynes, claiming there were too many people supporting the broadcast and that they must leave.

Guidelines during the second lockdown stated that those ‘essential for the content of the service, and for technical support’ are allowed to be present and social distancing guidelines should be followed.

Thames Valley Police have since apologised and said there had been a ‘misunderstanding’ by officers.