NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CHIEF CONSTABLE CALLS ON UNIVERSITIES TO EXPEL STUDENTS
On Sunday 1 November 2020, Matt Jarram, Nottingham Post Senior digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent, reported that, following on from officers handing out 83 fines, mostly to students, for organising house parties and large gatherings, Nottinghamshire Police's Chief Constable has called the behaviour 'unbelievable' and is calling on the universities to expel students as a strong deterrent. ...
Students jump out windows to evade fines after police hand out 83 in one weekend
Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police now calls on universities to expel students
Students in Nottingham continued to hold mass house parties across the city this weekend despite the nation being told to save the NHS from collapse.
Students ignored the Prime Minister's announcement - and the news that the country will be going into a national lockdown - by holding Halloween parties.
Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, Craig Guildford said his officers had handed out 83 fines, mainly to students, for organising house parties and large gatherings.
He called the behaviour "unbelievable" and even made a call to universities to expel students as a strong deterrent.
Despite the area being under Tier 3 restrictions, which means different households cannot mix indoors or outdoors in gardens, students ignored the rules over Halloween weekend.
Officers were called to a flat in Plumptre Street in the city centre at around 12.45am on Saturday.
One party organiser was handed a £10,000 fine, and their 38 guests were each issued with £200 for flouting the Covid-19 restrictions.
They were among a total of 83 fines handed out by police who were called to a series of parties and gatherings through Friday and Saturday.
Another of the weekend's incidents included a report of students having a party in Arthur Street in the Arboretum at around 2.30am on Sunday.
When officers arrived they found 14 people, including a DJ set up in the basement.
A student party was also reported in Forest Road East in the Arboretum, at around 2am on Sunday where officers found 18 people.
Some tried to escape through a window and others were found hiding in the garden.
The other calls-outs this weekend were to gatherings in Colville Street, the Arboretum, Lake Street, the Arboretum, Seely Road, The Park, Queen Street, in the city centre, Wheeler Gate, in the city centre, North Church Street in the city centre, and Johnson Road, Lenton.
Officers also gave a formal warning to a woman after they dispersed a group of people who had gathered at a flat and communal room in North Sherwood Street in the city centre last night.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It's quite unbelievable how some people are completely ignoring the fact that people are dying and the NHS is already so stretched with cancer treatment being halted because of the continued spread of Covid-19.
"The only way to get this under control is by everyone in the community sticking to the legislation and taking responsibility.
"Thankfully most people in the community understand the seriousness of the situation and are playing their part. But there always seems to be a few who think their social life is more important than other people's health.
"Sadly many of the incidents we attended overnight again were student parties. We know that both universities have been trying to help get the message across to students but for some, it doesn't seem to be getting through."
Chief Constable Guildford added that officers would continue to hand out fines and he hoped to see universities expel students as 'a strong deterrent.'
"It is only by working together to follow the legislation that we will be able to control the spread of the virus," he said.
"I would like to thank everyone who is taking their personal responsibility seriously and assure them that we will increasingly take action against those who needlessly put others at risk."