POLICE SHUT DOWN NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY STUDENT MARQUEES AFTER REPORTS OF PARTIES AND NOISE DURING CAMPUS LOCKDOWN
Ben Reid, Nottingham Post Digital News Correspondent, reported on Monday 8 February 2021 that, following reports of parties and noise complaints, Nottinghamshire Police have shut down heated marquees set up by Nottingham University for students to use in between teaching sessions and their spare time.
Student marquees closed at University of Nottingham campus after 'parties and noise complaints'
Police were called by members of the public
Police have shut down marquees set up at the University of Nottingham after reports of parties and noise complaints on campus during the lockdown.
The marquees on the University Park campus were set up for students' use in between teaching sessions and in their spare time.
They are heated to provide students with warm and dry space if they cannot be accommodated indoors.
And marquees near halls of residence were equipped with Bluetooth speakers, curtains and are also heated.
These are located near Cripps Hall, Rutland Hall, Derby Hall, and Ancaster Hall.
But police were called by members of the public on Friday (February 5) night to reports of parties taking place there. Officers said a "crowd was dispersed" following their arrival at the scene.
Inspector Amy English, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Nottinghamshire Police officers continue to work closely with the University of Nottingham and their security teams following reports of noise concerns at the main campus over the weekend.
"Whilst conducting proactive patrols, officers were called by members of the public to reported parties.
"The marquees were closed by officers and the on campus security team following the reports and the crowd was dispersed quickly and safely.
"We will continue to work with the university on a daily basis to prevent reoccurrences."
Police were reportedly called at around 8pm on Friday, February 5.
A University of Nottingham spokesperson told Nottinghamshire Live: "The marquees attached to our halls have been provided to account for space lost due to social distancing regulations and offer students an alternative to their rooms as a space to study or relax.
"Following complaints of noise on campus over the weekend, we have taken the decision to temporarily close the marquees at our halls of residence while we review our noise management procedures."
A former employee at the university told Nottinghamshire Live: "It makes my blood boil, especially when questioned, students ask why we are trying to ruin their fun."