On Wednesday 21 October 2020, Anna Whittaker, writing in the Nottingham Post, reported that four Nottingham Trent University students have been fined £40,000 for breaching lockdown rules when Police found more than 30 people hiding in the property in Lenton. The students had claimed that everyone had left the party, and are alleged to have said that officers were essentially 'spoiling their' fun. ...

Nottingham students fined £40,000 for throwing house party and told police stop 'spoiling their fun'

They lied to police who found more than 30 people hiding in the house last night

Four students, all studying at Nottingham Trent University, were given fines of £10,000 each

Revelling students have been fined £40,000 for breaching lockdown rules after criticising police for 'spoiling their fun' when they found more than 30 people in their home.

Four students, all studying at Nottingham Trent University, were given £10k fines each on on Tuesday, October 20 when city council officers on a proactive patrol spotted a house party in Kimbolton Avenue, Lenton.

The students claimed that everyone had left the party, but then the community protection officers decided to take a closer look.

On closer inspection, more than 30 people were found hiding in the kitchen, upstairs bedrooms and basement. 

When challenged, the students allegedly claimed that they should be having the ‘time of their lives’ and that officers were essentially ‘spoiling their fun’.

Nottingham Trent University has confirmed the students have all been suspended pending an investigation, which is now underway.

In separate incident, another Nottingham Trent University student was given a £200 fine for ignoring warnings from officers at party in Blenheim Court student Halls in St Ann’s.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This needs to stop. The claims that police presented as a barrier to the students’ fun are astounding.

“How many fines do we have to give before the message is understood? We do not take pleasure in handing out fines and would much rather be in a situation where students could enjoy themselves but the reality is that if people do not follow the Covid-19 restrictions, more people will die.

“The majority of students are following the rules but there obviously is a significant number of them who feel as though they can show blatant disregard for the safety of those around them.

“We have demonstrated that we will take action where necessary and I’d like to thank the Community Protection Officers for spotting the party and engaging with the occupants at the house in Lenton last night.

“The students were given the opportunity for the situation to end with a warning but instead decided it was appropriate to lie to officers.

“This behaviour will not be tolerated and I urge those who are considering to host parties to think again.

“We will be working closely with Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council to make sure that all breaches of Covid legislation are attended and dealt with appropriately.”

A spokesperson for Nottingham Trent University said: “We have been notified by Nottinghamshire Police this morning that they have imposed £10K fines on NTU students. On receipt of that notification we immediately launched an investigation, and each student has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation. Any student who is found to have breached our disciplinary regulations can face a range of sanctions, up to and including expulsion.

“We have repeatedly made clear to all students that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in limiting the spread of this virus. We know that the vast majority of our students respect the guidelines and advice. We will not tolerate any breaches, and where we have evidence of any breaches, we will always take immediate action under our disciplinary processes.”

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “The extremely high levels of Covid in Nottingham are widely known and understood, and we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, neighbours, friends and the vulnerable.

“Overall, the people of Nottingham have risen to that brilliantly and I thank them again for the efforts they’ve made to try to slow the spread of this deadly virus. However, where there are isolated instances of people ignoring the rules – and putting themselves and others at risk – it’s absolutely right that the police take swift and decisive action.

“These large fines send out a strong message that behaviour like this won’t be tolerated in Nottingham. I’d also like to thank our Community Protection officers for the vital work they are doing in partnership with police colleagues – this is a team effort.”

Earlier this week, Kate Meynell of Nottinghamshire police said in a council meeting: "We’ve had a number of calls over the last two weeks, mostly around parties and gatherings of people.

"In relation to the last weekend just gone, on the Friday night through to the Saturday, we had 18 reports of parties and half of those were believed to be student parties.

"On Saturday, there were 25 reports of parties."

Nottingham students fined £40,000 for throwing house party and told police stop 'spoiling their fun' - Nottinghamshire Live