Around 200 mourners were found crammed under one marquee for a funeral following reports of people breaking coronavirus restrictions.

Officers were called to Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel, in Birmingham, after being told a large gathering was taking place on Friday. One furious resident described how there had been loud music which made the ‘house shake’.

They told Birmingham Live: ‘I called the police twice. They told me they’d had multiple calls. The music made the house shake and there was someone on a microphone regularly stoking up the gathering.

‘When I came home from work in the early evening there were cars parked all over nearby roads and grass verges. My wife told me the music had started during the early afternoon, it finally went off about 8pm. It’s a disgrace.’

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One man, who had gone to the hotel for a meal, said the venue’s car park was so full people that were parking on the roadside and claimed he saw ‘at least’ 40 people entering the marquee.

Under current UK coronavirus restrictions, funerals can have no more than 30 people in attendance, while social distancing must also be adhered to.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: ‘We attended reports of a large gathering of around 200 people at Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel, Chester Road, on Friday evening, September 25.

‘Officers were advised it was a funeral. We engaged with the gathering, to remind that Government guidelines apply to funerals, and the numbers dispersed.’

The employee who authorised the event has since been let go by the hotel, a spokesperson confirmed.

They continued: ‘It came as a surprise to us, just as it did to everyone else. We obviously apologise on behalf of the hotel but we were unaware this was going to happen. As of today, the member of staff who arranged it is no longer working for us.’

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