CORONAVIRUS: POLICE CALLED TO REPORTS OF PARTIES IN NOTTINGHAM CITY CENTRE
 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The first article on this page by Nottingham Post Digital News Correspondent. Joseph Locker reports on the fact that, yet again, Nottinghamshire Police officers were called to a number of house parties in Nottingham and in the county. The second article by Matt Jarram, Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondence of the Nottingham Post (Tuesday 27 October 2020) gives some insight into the impact that one house party in the Arboretum area of the city had on a local resident.

In fact, it is as well to point out that these are not new events. Residents living in neighbourhoods with large student populations in Nottingham and other towns and cities across the UK and further afield have been experiencing these 'events' year in and year out for more than 20 years. The difference now is that the coronavirus epidemic has begun to focus wider attention on them and, it is to be hoped, focused a spotlight on the disruptive and debilitating impact that this form of anti-social behaviour has on the the people whose homes are affected by it.

To quote Ch, Insp. Steve Bigland, speaking to BBC Sussex in relation to a problem with wild peacocks in the village of Henfield in West Sussex and 'a small number of complaints over time' from 'long term residents whose patience had worn thin.' ...

"It's like any antisocial behaviour. Once it starts affecting your life, you are, almost on a daily basis, waitig for it to happen. It was affecting their mental health."

Henfield Peacocks face uncertain future after complaints - BBC News

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Nottingham Post Digital News Correspondent. Joseph Locker, reported on Sunday 25 October 2020 that Nottinghamshire Police had been called to reports of more rule-breaking house parties in Nottingham. ...

Coronavirus: Police called to reports of more rule-breaking house parties in Nottingham

One party organiser in the Arboretum claimed it did not matter that she was holding a party because she had already had Covid-19

Police are investigating after being called to reports of parties in Nottingham city centre overnight.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers are investigating a party in Talbot Street where it was reported up to 100 people attended at around 12.25am this morning (Sunday, October 25).

The force says it is currently looking into whether all the people police officers cleared from the building were from the same party.

On the same night, police and council officers attended another party in the Arboretum alongside Nottingham Trent University security personnel.

They had attended the property in Colville Street at around 11.05pm on Saturday, October 24, following noise complaints from neighbours.

Nottinghamshire Police says the organiser became "confrontational" and claimed she did not have to follow the rules because she had already had Covid-19. 

She was subsequently fined and the city council's community protection team says the security officers are now reporting the incident back to NTU.

Fines of £200 are given to those who attend and organise smaller gatherings, while fines of £10,000 can be handed out for gatherings of more than 30 people.

Superintendent Paul Winter said: "Over the last week Nottinghamshire Police have attended a number of parties as we have previously reported and issued a number of fixed penalty notices.

"When we attend a party we will firstly encourage people to disperse safely.

"We will seek to identify the organisers at the time, but if not possible, we will continue enquires later.

"We would appeal to all local residents to comply with the Covid-19 regulations which are there to protect everyone.

"It is the case that people are being issued fines for breaching the regulations but more importantly the virus is spreading rapidly throughout the community and people are dying.

"It's important to highlight that officers are putting their own health, as well as their families health, on the line by attending these kind of house parties night after night.

"We would like to continue to praise their bravery on attending these mass gatherings and working so hard in difficult and anxiety-filled circumstances.”

Nottinghamshire Police says it was also called to a birthday party in Mansfield just after 3am this morning, where a woman was hosting a gathering for her boyfriend.

Ten people attended and she has been fined.

Deputy Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, Rachel Barber, said: “It is clear that there is still a minority of people who think the rules do not apply to them or that the can make up their own versions of the guidelines.

“This puts themselves and others at risk. It is important that everyone follows the rules and that nobody assumes that they know better or that the rules don’t apply to them.

“We all need to pull together and do our bit to protect everyone from this disease, which the vast majority are doing.

“With the roll out of more stringent restrictions in areas of the UK over the past week, it is more crucial than ever that we do what we can to slow the spread of the virus. Coronavirus does not make exceptions, and neither should you.”

A spokesperson for Nottingham Trent University said: “We have been made aware of a party involving our students at an address in Colville Street.

"We are supporting police with their enquiries and have also commenced our own investigation. We have enhanced our security presence to ensure that our students are complying with local restrictions in halls and in the community. 

"We regularly remind our new and returning students that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in always following the rules and limiting the spread of COVID-19. 

"We have already issued warnings and fines to students, and we have referred some cases to serious misconduct panels which could result in more serious outcomes, up to and including exclusion. We will not hesitate to do so again.”

[Joseph Locker, Nottingham Post Digital News Correspondent
Sunday 25 October 2020] 

Coronavirus: Police called to reports of more rule-breaking house parties in Nottingham - Nottinghamshire Live

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Care home resident kept up all night by student house party

The party organiser told police she did not need to follow rules because she had already been infected

A care home resident has described the "terrible" situation on his street after students held a large party which was shut down by police.

Police and council officers attended a party on the street alongside Nottingham Trent University security personnel at around 11.05pm on Saturday, October 24.

Nottinghamshire Police says the organiser became "confrontational" and claimed she did not have to follow the rules because she had already had Covid-19.

She was subsequently fined and the city council's community protection team says the security officers are now reporting the incident back to NTU.

Fines of £200 are given to those who attend and organise smaller gatherings, while fines of £10,000 can be handed out for gatherings of more than 30 people.

Gordon Pridmore, 73, lives in the Arboretum area. He said: "Saturday was terrible. It was the noise - screaming and shouting. I could not hear much music. It woke me up and it kept me awake.

"It is all right around here normally but every now and then it happens. It has got really bad."

Superintendent Paul Winter said: "We would appeal to all local residents to comply with the Covid-19 regulations which are there to protect everyone.

"It is the case that people are being issued fines for breaching the regulations but more importantly the virus is spreading rapidly throughout the community and people are dying.

"It's important to highlight that officers are putting their own health, as well as their families health, on the line by attending these kind of house parties night after night."

A spokesperson for Nottingham Trent University said: "We have been made aware of a party involving our students at an address in Colville Street.

"We are supporting police with their enquiries and have also commenced our own investigation. We have enhanced our security presence to ensure that our students are complying with local restrictions in halls and in the community.

"We have already issued warnings and fines to students, and we have referred some cases to serious misconduct panels which could result in more serious outcomes, up to and including exclusion. We will not hesitate to do so again."

[Matt Jarram, Nottingham Post Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent
Tuesday 27 October 2020]

Care home resident kept up all night by student house party - Nottinghamshire Live