NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE WARN STUDENTS THAT TRYING TO AVOID PARTY FINES BY GIVING FALSE NAMES HAS SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES
Writing in the Nottingham Post on Saturday 14 November 2020, Matt Jarram, Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent, reported that, in an attempt to avoid a £200 house party fine, a student gave police a false name. Students are now being warned by Nottinghamshire Police that this behaviour could result in a charge for perverting the course of justice. ...
Student tried to dodge £200 house party fine by giving police a friend's name
Neighbourhood inspector for city centre warns students of the consequences
A student tried to dodge a £200 lockdown fine during a 40-person party by giving officers a false name.
Now, neighbourhood inspector for the city centre is warning students of the consequences, which could see them hauled before the courts.
Inspector Paul Gummer said officers attended a 40 person party just off Trinity Square in a small flat decked in disco balls.
They issued out £200 fines to those breaching the Covid-19 rules, which states that different households cannot mix indoors or within gardens.
One student decided to give the name of another student to prevent him paying the £200 fine.
But when the innocent student was warned he needed to pay the fine, he contacted the police to tell them he was not at that party and had an alibi.
Police went back to check CCTV, as officers wear body worn cameras when they attend student house parties, and managed to find the student who lied.
The fine was dropped against the innocent student and the man who gave police the wrong name has been found.
Police are looking at whether to charge him with perverting the course of justice, a serious criminal offence, which can result in a prison sentence.
Inspector Gummer told Nottinghamshire Live: "The consequences for him are going to be more serious now.
"If you know someone well enough to know their name and date of birth it is likely they are going to know who you are when we show them a picture of you.
"We are looking at perverting the course of justice charge because he has got someone else involved.
"The body worn camera footage of him shows him saying the wrong name."
Police have increased their patrols during the second national lockdown over fears that more students will hold house parties after the pubs and bars closed.
Officers have been called to a number of house parties in Lenton, the Arboretum, and city centre, where fines from £200 to £10,000 have been handed out.Officers have been called to a number of house parties in Lenton, the Arboretum, and city centre, where fines from £200 to £10,000 have been handed out.
But Inspector Gummer said they are starting to see a fall in the amount of parties.
"After pubs closed there was a concern that would cause the students to hold more parties but that has not happened.
"They have gone down. We were getting on a Friday and Saturday about 50 calls a night. Not all of them are definite parties and they are not all related to students.
"There has been about 20 in the first week of lockdown when we anticipated them to go up.
"I think there has been a lot of publicity into the amount of students being fined.
"There is the peer influence. It is becoming socially less acceptable. If you have a party now it is going to stick out like a sore thumb."