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Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Hot tub party and gathering of 17 people latest to be fined for Nottinghamshire Covid breaches

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A hottub party host ended up in hot water when police turned up and discovered people believed to be from up to five different households mixing – with the organiser saying to cops he didn’t believe in the Covid-19 legislation.

Officers were called to reports of a party, with a number of people in attendance, at a property in Poplar Grove, Forest Town, on Saturday night.

When he was challenged the homeowner is understood to have refused to give his details to officers and when they tried to explain the law to him, he allegedly told  them that he didn’t believe in the Covid-19 legislation and continued to be obstructive.

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This culminated in the 32-year-old man being reported for summons to court. The six people at the party were then dispersed.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I find it pretty astonishing that anyone would think it is okay to behave in this sort of way when there has been clear guidance given around not mixing households.

“We are still very much in a lockdown as a nation and we need to keep abiding by these laws. Covid is real and has the potential to kill people and we cannot forget this.

“Everyone has to do their bit to limit the spread of the virus and keep people safe. Our approach has always been to engage, explain and encourage people to act responsibly, but we won’t hesitate to use enforcement action where necessary as we continue to do all we can to protect our communities.”

In a separate incident police officers came across a large party being held at an address in Layton Avenue, Layton Burroughs, during the early hours of today.

A total of 17 people were found mixing from different households inside the property. The homeowner was issued with a fixed penalty notice and the other people present were asked to leave immediately.