Police commander urges Londoners to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home

People are urged to stay at home to welcome in 2021. There will be no fireworks display in central London

It’s usually the biggest party of the year, but police are appealing for everyone to stay home this evening and say they have a detailed policing plan in place.

There will be no fireworks display in central London this year and there is a reduced service on some transport routes. People breaching regulations could face hefty fines.

Commander Paul Brogden, leading this year’s operation, said the public can expect to see officers across the capital, supporting communities and focusing strongly on those intent on breaching and ignoring the guidance put in place to keep everyone safe.

Met Police officers will also be paying attention to parts of London that are experiencing the highest infection rates.

He said: “Please welcome in 2021 from the comfort of your own home instead of being stuck in central London with nothing to see and no easy way of getting home.