POLICE BREAK UP LARGE STUDENT LOCKDOWN PARTIES
BBC News on Saturday 21 November 2020 reported that Nottinghamshire Police have handed out 50 fines after being called to two large student parties in the University Park/Lenton Abbey neighbourhoods. They believe people had travelled from other campuses I'm the city centre to attend these. ...
Coronavirus: Fifty fined after police break up parties
Police have said it is "disappointing" they had to hand out 50 fines after being called to two large student parties in Nottingham.
Officers were called to the University of Nottingham campus on Thursday night.
One incident in Lenton Abbey saw six fines given to people hiding at a property, while 44 were caught in the University Park area.
Police said they believed people had travelled from other campuses in the city centre to attend these parties.
After a lull in incidents during lockdown, officers said university security staff alerted them to a party at 23:30 GMT on Thursday.
While the gathering had dispersed when police arrived, six people were found in one room.
Immediately after, officers were alerted to the second party.
Amy English, neighbourhood inspector for the city area said: "It is disappointing to see this when there has been relatively little of this sort of activity since lockdown began.
"But this shows that we still need to remind people of the need to understand that they still can't have parties and that things have not eased just because we are nearing the end of lockdown.
A University of Nottingham spokesperson said: "It is vital for the safety of everyone in our community and city that we keep following the guidance and the law.
"In addition to the fixed penalties issued by police, the University will take disciplinary action."
Phoebe Ram, Digital News Correspondent of the Nottingham Post, also filed a report on these incidents on Friday 20 November 2020. ...
Fines handed out to 50 students partying at University of Nottingham halls
Police believe students from other campuses had travelled to attend
A university has warned students could face exclusion after police and campus security had to deal with another night of parties during the ongoing lockdown.
Overnight on Thursday, November 19, another 50 fines were given out for breaching Covid-19 restrictions by taking part in gatherings and household mixing.
Officers of Nottinghamshire Police have expressed disappointment at the events after what they described as 'a lull' in the number of parties being broken up over the last three weeks.
The force confirmed the University of Nottingham's security team had to call police to deal with two separate parties taking place on campus.
It is believed the revellers also included other students from other nearby universities.
The initial report was to a party of more than 30 people in the Lenton Abbey area.
When response teams attended just after 11.30 pm yesterday, the gathering had dispersed but after a search, six people were found hiding in a room and were all issued with fines.
As officers were leaving, security then reported a large party was taking place in the University Park area.
Police say a number of revellers tried to escape but 44 students were found and fined for their involvement.
Amy English, Neighbourhood Inspector for the city area said: "It is disappointing to see this when there has been relatively little of this sort of activity since lockdown began.
"Again we will thank all those people who have been following the rules, which are the vast majority.
"But this shows that we still need to remind people of the need to understand that they still can’t have parties and that things have not eased just because we are nearing the end of lockdown.
"In fact, we don’t yet know what measurements we may still be under in Nottingham as the lockdown lifts.
"We've been working closely with the University and security teams who have been taking extra measures to ensure students abide by the restrictions and contact us if there are any issues.
"As a result, we were quickly in attendance and able to identify lots of people who have now been held to account for contravening the coronavirus requirements.
"We believe lots of the students had travelled from other campuses in the city centre specifically to attend these parties so they must have been organised in advance.
"It's a difficult time for everyone but the regulations are there for a reason and people who flout them put others at risk and increase the chances of further lockdowns."
A University of Nottingham spokesperson said: “The overwhelming majority of students are following the rules and there are now just 32 cases of Covid-19 reported in a student population of 35,000.
“However, there is no excuse, we have been abundantly clear that where a minority breach Covid restrictions we will act, in unison with Nottinghamshire Police where necessary.
"It is vital for the safety of everyone in our community and city that we keep following the guidance and the law. In addition to the fixed penalties issued by police, the University will take disciplinary action.
“In the most serious cases, students will be fast-tracked to the highest levels of our process where suspension and exclusion are potential outcomes."
Security staff and police officers from the city neighbourhood team will be working together over the weekend and taking a robust approach towards any further issues.