"A group of people were fined inside the address"
It has been reported that the wedding of Zayn Malik’s younger sister Waliyha was broken up by police for breaching Covid-19 rules.
The wedding was held at the home of Zayn’s other sister, Safaa, in Bradford.
Officers reportedly issued fines to relatives after approximately 40 guests attended the wedding.
Bradford is in Tier 3, meaning up to 15 people can attend weddings but receptions are not allowed.
On December 12, 2020, Waliyha married ex-convict Junaid Khan in a marquee in Safaa’s back garden which was followed by a reception in the same location.
Officers arrived at around 6 pm after being called by neighbours.
A spokesperson told The Daily Mail: “Police attended an address just after 6 pm on Saturday evening following a report of a large party.
“A group of people were fined inside the address and fixed penalty notices were issued as a breach of Coronavirus restrictions had been committed.”
Zayn Malik was nowhere to be seen as he is currently in Pennsylvania with girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
His father Yasser reportedly refused to walk the 100 metres from his home to the wedding because of concerns over Junaid’s criminal history.
Junaid was jailed for five years in 2017 for a carjacking incident while in 2014, he was sentenced to 15 months in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years, for his involvement in a family dispute that resulted in a relative being stabbed.
Zayn Malik’s mother Tricia took care of all the arrangements for the wedding.
Latif Yasin, who helped organise the wedding, said: “It all started at around 10 am and there were a lot of people there.
“I put out six tables, organised the stage and also two larger tables for the catering. There wasn’t any loud music, but it was quite a lively event.
“Everything was going really well throughout the day and then in the early evening, the police arrived.
“They spoke with Tricia and warned her that the wedding was breaking Covid laws and told her that it needed to end, and everybody had to go home.”
Mr Yasin runs Flawless, a wedding and events company based in Dewsbury. He added:
“I don’t know the exact details, but I was told that Tricia and some other relatives who organised the wedding were fined.
“The police warned everybody that if they had to return, they would issue even bigger fines and they could also be arrested.
“But there was no problem after that because everybody just went home.”
One neighbour said: “It was quite obvious that there were more than 15 people there and it was quite a noisy gathering.
“This is a very quiet area and clearly somebody called the police, which was the right thing to do.”
“Some of Zayn’s family got fined but we don’t know exactly who.”
On Yasser’s absence from Waliyha’s wedding, Mr Yasin said:
“Normally I always speak with the bride and groom’s parents.
“I asked where the bride’s father was and one of his relatives told me that he wasn’t attending because he’s not happy at all with Waliyha’s choice of partner.
“I was told not to mention it all and you could see that everybody knew about Yasser not being happy, but nobody spoke about it.
“I wouldn’t say it ruined things, but it certainly was hanging over the whole occasion.”
On the wedding being broken up by police and Yasser’s opposition to the marriage, Tricia refused to comment.