THE DAY AFTER STUDENTS FINED £40,000 POLICE SHUT DOWN MORE ILLEGAL STUDENT PARTIES
Residents Believe Universities Need to Kick Out Students Who Flout the Rules
 

On Thursday 22 October Matt Jarram, Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent of the Nottingham Post reported that Nottinghamshire Police have dealt with more than 60 students in separate house party incidents across the city. It is alleged that one advertised ticketed  birthday party had door security for the event outside the student house. ...

Students host 'ticketed' event a day after £40,000 house party fine

More than 60 students breaking the rules a day

Students have held more 'illegal parties' in Nottingham just a day after one household received a £40,000 fine.

Four Nottingham Trent University students were given £10,000 fines each on Tuesday, October 20, when council officers spotted a house party in Kimbolton Avenue.

The students claimed that everyone had left the party, but 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.'

Nottinghamshire Police have dealt with more than 60 students breaking the rules in separate incidents across the city when they shut down a further four student parties.

While there were no gatherings of more than 30 which would have by law instigated a £10,000 fine for the host, a number of individual fixed penalty notices were issued instead.

Officers were called to two separate parties in close proximately in Broad Street in the city centre following reports of large gatherings of Nottingham Trent University students on Wednesday, October 22.

The advertised ticketed party was being held for a birthday party and allegedly even had door security for the event outside the student house.

Upon entry, officers found people to be hiding in bedrooms and on the balcony

Meanwhile, another gathering was being held next door at the same time.

In a third incident in Church Avenue in Lenton, police found University of Nottingham students partying, with several of them caught trying to leave by the back door after seeing officers.

The fourth party was shut down in Hamden Street following a report of another large gathering of Nottingham Trent University students.

Officers were on the scene, but the majority had left by the time they had arrived.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Despite a plea to stop these parties and only a day after we have given out considerable fines for exactly this which should have served as a warning, we are still finding a number of students who think the law simply doesn’t apply to them.

"We know the vast, vast majority of students who come and study in our city are following the rules and for this, we really do want to thank them.

"They are saving lives by taking this responsible approach. But for some reason, there is a small minority of students who are deliberately and provocatively flouting the rules like this and enough is enough.

"It is illegal and there are very good reasons for that. By not complying with the rules they are increasing the spread of Covid in our city and surrounding areas.

"We also have to use valuable police resource to deal with this, and this is impacting on how we manage other criminal matters, which is not how it should be and responsibility for this now needs to be taken.

"I find it absolutely astounding that we need to keep repeating the same message again so quickly after issuing a strong plea earlier this week."

A University of Nottingham spokesman said: "The majority of our 35,000 students are following the rules, however, under our student code of conduct there are serious consequences for any student who breach the restrictions, including disciplinary action, fines and campus sanctions – in addition to police fines. The University takes swift and proportionate disciplinary action when students are found to have wilfully breached Covid restrictions.

"In the most serious cases, students will be fast-tracked to the highest levels of our process where suspension and exclusion are potential outcomes. People should be under no illusion that misconduct will be discovered and it will be punished.”

A spokesman for Nottingham Trent University added: "Any behaviour by our students which is in breach of restrictions is completely unacceptable. Working with Nottinghamshire Police, and the City Council, we are funding more Community Protection Officers to ensure our students are following local restrictions, and we have made clear that we are willing to provide more money to extend this important service.

"Our students have been told repeatedly that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in limiting the spread of Covid-19. While the vast majority of our students continue to respect the guidelines and advice, we will not tolerate any breaches. Where we have evidence of any breaches, students will face immediate disciplinary action that may include further fines or expulsion."

Students host 'ticketed' event a day after £40,000 house party fine - Nottinghamshire Live

Calls for students who hold large house parties to be removed from university

Four students in Lenton have been fined £40,000

On Wednesday 21 October 2020 Matt Jarram, Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent of the Nottingham Post wrote ...

A residents association in Lenton believe universities should start kicking out students who continue to hold large house parties and flout the rules.

Kate Loewenthal, chair of the Lenton Drive and Neighbours Residents' Association, who lives in the area, spoke out after four students were fined £40,000.

The chief constable of Nottinghamshire Police also delivered a strong message to any students caught having these parties.

The students, all studying at Nottingham Trent University, were given £10,000 fines each on Tuesday, October 20, when council officers spotted a house party in Kimbolton Avenue.

The students claimed that everyone had left the party, but 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.

Mrs Loewenthal believes students should be removed from their courses for having these house parties in a bid to protect the community and halt future events. 

She told Nottinghamshire Live: "The universities now have to stand up and anyone caught breaking the rules, the rule of six, house mixing, there should be no more warnings.

"There have been enough warnings and fines. Anyone else brought to their attention should be out

"It has got to that point. There can't be anyone in Nottingham that is not aware of the situation now. 

"There are still students out there who don't get the fact every time they go into a shop or on a bus they are potentially infecting someone else."

She said over the last week, there have been more students out on the streets, with some wandering around at 1am and 2am.

She said residents had heard a lot of noise at around 11.30pm and 12am on the night of the party in Kimbolton Avenue but she was unaware it was a house party.

She added: "Two-thirds of Lenton have been in isolation for the last two to three weeks and since Thursday and Friday there has been an increased hum around the area.

"More and more are now coming out of isolation and this is what we are going to see. 

"If we go into Tier 3 (this week) then there is the potential of a party weekend ahead of us.

"Hopefully these fines will act as a deterrent again."

Chief constable for Nottinghamshire Police, Craig Guildford, told Nottinghamshire Live that the fines showed the police will act against those breaking the rules.

"We are taking this incredibly seriously," he added. "We are not afraid about taking necessary action and we will continue to take it.

"People will die as a result of Covid and individuals need to take responsibility. It is ignorance more than anything.

"If members of the public are ringing us up in good faith and if they are having these large gatherings then we will take action."

He also stressed that it was still a minority of students that were having these gatherings impacting on the "reputation" of the universities.

A spokesman for Nottingham Trent University said: "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."

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