The mayor of Blackburn has stepped down and offered his “deepest apologies” after being fined £200 for breaching coronavirus restrictions.
Iftakhar Hussain was caught by police on Saturday at a house in Blackburn after a member of the public called to report a wedding on Saturday.
Hussain, a Labour councillor for the Bastwell area of Blackburn, which has had one of the highest Covid infection rates in the UK, apologised for what he said was a “momentary lapse of judgment”.
After news of his fine spread over the weekend, Hussain gave a baffling excuse to the Lancashire Telegraph, saying he had only gone “to open the door to the house so some food could be delivered”. He said he had been called to a relative’s house in Blackburn and realised all too belatedly that he should have refused to attend.