THE Mayor of Blackburn, Cllr Iftakhar Hussain, has resigned after being caught by police attending an address where a wedding celebration was taking place.
The Labour Mayor’s bizarre and unbelievable initial excuse was that he had attended the address after being contacted and asked to come over to ‘open the front door to allow the delivery driver to deliver them food’.
However, Police handed £200 fines to nine people, including Mr Hussain, amid claims a wedding was taking place, and the Mayor has since resigned over what he confessed to be a “the momentary lapse of judgement”.
He said he had been called to a relative’s house on Dukes Brow in Blackburn and realises he should have refused to attend.
A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed there were reports of up to 30 people attending a ‘wedding’ in Dukes Brow and added: “There they found nine people inside celebrating the wedding, including two residents of the address. Each individual was issued with a £200 fixed penalty notice and was instructed to leave, which they did.”
Cllr Hussain’s resignation comes after town hall conduct bosses in Blackburn launched an investigation into the incident.
“Today I am giving this up to protect the reputation of the borough” he said.
“I hope my actions will serve as a reminder to the people of Blackburn with Darwen of the importance of following the Covid-19 guidelines as it remains a real and serious threat.”