LAST CHANCE TO PARTY BEFORE LOCKDOWN
 

On Thursday 5 November 2020 the Nottingham Post's Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent, Matt Jarram, reported that Nottinghamshire Police had been called in to a party on Gloucester Avenue in Lenton when attempts by CPOs to break up a gathering were unsuccessful and the door was shut on them. Each party-goer was fined £200. Officers also attended four other parties in Lenton, but did not issue fines. There were also reports from residents of fireworks going off, even during the day. ...

Students told police it was their 'last chance to party' as they were fined for large gathering

Police attend the illegal party where students tried to hide telling each other to 'shush'

Fourteen party goers who tried to hide from police while having a last blowout before lockdown have been fined.

The party in Gloucester Avenue, Lenton, was first spotted at around 11.15pm by Nottingham City Council's community protection officers (CPOs) who were patrolling the area.

They knocked on the door and tried to speak with the students, advising them they needed to break the party up.

Nottinghamshire Police were then called at around 11.30pm after their attempts to break up the gathering were unsuccessful and the door was shut on them.

Officers arrived at the house and after looking through an open window could hear the people inside hiding and telling each other to 'shush.'

The revellers eventually opened the door to officers but some were argumentative and claimed that they were 'not doing anything wrong.'

Others said they had attended the party because it was their 'last chance to do so before lockdown'.
 
Each party-goer was handed a £200 fine.

Officers attended reports of four other parties in Lenton but did not issue fines at these incidents. There was also reports from residents of fireworks going off, some of them in the day.

Neighbourhood Inspector Amy English, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The guidelines have prohibited different households in Nottinghamshire from mixing indoors for some time now, so there was no excuse to have a party because it was the last night before lockdown.

"These party goers were given ample opportunity to stop the gathering by the Community Protection Officers, but they refused to do so.

"They even went so far as to try to hide from officers when they arrived – which shows they were well aware they were doing something wrong.

"This was great work by the CPOs to spot the gathering and start the process of breaking it up.

"As the country moves into national lockdown we all have a responsibility to do our bit to control the virus. No one should think that the rules don’t apply to them – they apply to everyone.

"We’ll continue to work with our partners to enforce these restrictions and we won’t hesitate to issue fines when people blatantly put others at risk."

Nottingham City Council Leader David Mellen added: “It’s desperately disappointing that people attending this party have not only ignored Government guidance, but also failed to respond in a decent and responsible way when given the opportunity to do so by our Community Protection Officers. 

"When most people are abiding by the rules, and when frontline workers are putting themselves at risk to protect and serve others, this sort of selfish and risky behaviour by a mindless minority is totally unacceptable. 

"We will continue to work with the police to encourage and advise people on how to stay safe and ensure others are not put at risk of catching coronavirus, and will take appropriate action in cases like this where there is no attempt to do the right thing.”

Students told police it was their 'last chance to party' as they were fined for large gathering - Nottinghamshire Live