CORONAVIRUS RULES: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE ISSUE 87 HOUSE PARTY FINES IN ONE WEEK-END
Writing on Wednesday, 24 March 2021, Matt Jarram, Nottingham Post Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent reported that, after more than 80 people were issued with fines for holding or attending house parties in one week-end in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Police will use dispersal orders on a more permanent basis. The next of these, lasting 48 hours, will begin at 18.00 on Friday, 26 March in the Arboretum and Lenton.
87 Covid rule-breaking house party fines issued in just one weekend in Nottingham
One party was held on a roof terrace in Derby Road
Police will use dispersal orders on a more permanent basis after more than 80 people were issued with fines for holding or attending house parties in one weekend.
One party was held on a roof terrace in Derby Road into the early hours of Saturday (March 20) morning with police describing the scenes as a "blatant disregard of the rules."
Police issued a 48-hour dispersal order in the Arboretum, Lenton and city centre over concerns about the number of house parties in the area on Friday night.
Residents living in Lenton have said it was one of the worst weekends on record and some long-term homeowners said they were now considering selling up and moving out of the area.
The order,which came into effect on Saturday and finished on Monday, gave police powers to make people leave the area or face arrest if they return.
Officers now plan to use these orders on an ongoing basis at weekends as they get tough on people who cause "misery and disruption to their neighbours."
The next 48-hour order will start from 6pm on Friday, March 26, in the Arboretum and Lenton.
The first order was put in place after police attended 23 anti-social behaviour incidents on Friday night.
With the order active, this fell to 19 on Saturday and nine on Sunday.
Police issued 87 fixed penalty notices, which are £200, over the weekend to those flouting the law by holding parties - 54 issued on the Saturday alone.
They included a gathering on a roof terrace in Derby Road, where loud noises were reported in the early hours of Saturday.
Officers attended the party and issued fixed penalty notices to seven people.
Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Antisocial behaviour can have a dramatic impact on families who struggle to sleep, with children kept awake and disturbance to their work and general life.
"This is really unacceptable and we will fully support people in the Arboretum, Lenton and city centre who have been impacted in this way by taking firm action against those who have no respect for the impact that their behaviour has on their neighbours.
"We showed this weekend that the dispersal order is an effective tool in keeping a lid on antisocial behaviour and where necessary we will have no hesitation in using them again.
"We continue to listen to concerns from the community and would like to reassure them that we will do everything we can to tackle the issue.
"Regarding this upcoming weekend, we will have another dispersal order in place and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future and we will monitor the situation.
"Anti-social behaviour is totally unacceptable and won't be tolerated.
"The reduction in incidents show that our action throughout the weekend as a success.
"We increased police presence and operational patrols in the targeted antisocial behaviour areas including green spaces across the city and we were able to disperse crowds away from these locations.
"The number of reports of similar incidents we attended reduced from the previous days. We'd like to thank the vast majority for staying out of the area following the order.
"We are urging people to respect their neighbours more, especially during these times where we need to work better together."
People can report antisocial behaviour and Covid law breaches on 101 or alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.