NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE ISSUE £800 COVID FINES AS STUDENT PARTY IS DISCOVERED
On Sunday, 31 January 2021 Ben Reid, Digital News Correspondent of the Nottingham Post, reported that police in Nottingham had fined 21 people who attended a student party in flats on Castle Boulevard. BBC News also reported the same incident on Monday 1 February 2021.
Police in Nottingham break up student party and issue new £800 Covid fines for first time
A DJ set-up was in place in a communal area of the flats in Nottingham
A DJ set-up was was found in place in Nottingham flats after 21 rule breakers ignored the Covid lockdown for a student party, police have said.
New fines of £800 have been handed out for the first time in Nottinghamshire to 21 people at the party this weekend.
The tougher fines were handed out just hours after they were introduced nationally for anyone attending a party of more than 15 people.
A DJ set-up was in place in a communal area of the flats in Castle Boulevard, near The Park, which patrolling police discovered at around 1.15am on Saturday January 30 after hearing loud music.
Officers say they also found "lots" of empty alcohol containers and nitrous oxide canisters.
Superintendent Ted Antill, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The vast majority of people in Nottinghamshire who have been making great sacrifices to follow the national lockdown legislation will be rightly appalled at the behaviour of this minority of people who are carrying on regardless.
"This is exactly why the government has had to take the step of introducing tougher new fines of £800. These fines will also double for each repeat offence to a maximum of £6,400.
"I hope this will make people think twice before they behave in a way that so obviously breaches the current restrictions."
Police also handed out £200 fines at two smaller gatherings this weekend in Nottingham.
Ten people were given the fixed penalty notices after police were called to a report of people gathering at a property in Gregory Avenue, Lenton, at 2.15am, Sunday January 31.
Covid: Fines issued after DJ set-up found at student party
Twenty-one people at a student party with a DJ set-up have been fined £800 for breaching lockdown restrictions.
Patrolling officers found the set-up in a communal area of the flats on Castle Boulevard, near The Park in Nottingham, at about 01:15 GMT on Saturday after hearing loud music.
Nottinghamshire Police said "lots" of empty alcohol containers and nitrous oxide canisters were also discovered.
Officers came across a buffet and poker table at another gathering in the city.
The force said the group was penalised just hours after new Covid measures came into effect, meaning anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people will be fined £800.
The £800 fines were the first the force had handed out, police confirmed.
'Hiding under bed'
Ten people were also given £200 fixed penalty notices after police were called to a report of people gathering in Gregory Avenue, Lenton, at 02:15 GMT on Sunday.
Officers found a buffet, poker table and bottles of alcohol.
Four of those fined had their penalties increased to £400 for being repeat offenders, the force added.
Another nine people were also fined £200 after officers attended a house party in Harrington Drive, also in Lenton, at about 23:30 GMT on Friday.
One person tried to block a bedroom door at the house, police said, and two people were found by officers hiding under a bed in the same room.
Supt Ted Antill said: "For 21 people to gather is blatantly flouting the law and there is no excuse for it.
"This is exactly why the government has had to take the step of introducing tougher new fines of £800."