Police have slammed the actions of a ‘selfish minority’ after handing out 38 tickets at a party where revellers tried to hide in the kitchen.
The party organiser could face a fine of up to £10,000 after holding the large gathering despite the second lockdown being in place.
Officers issued fixed penalty notices to the organiser, who was a 19-year-old woman, and 37 guests at the student party in a flat Nottingham last night (24 November).
Security from the student accomodation in Union Road, Nottingham, called officers just before 10.50pm after the party got out of hand.
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Gummer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It’s really disappointing to see that a small minority of people continue to break the rules and put other people at risk.
“At a time when the whole country is in a second lockdown and people are following the rules in the hope of being able to see their family at Christmas, it’s really selfish that people are still having these big parties.
“The lockdown has been put in place to drive cases down and with this due to come to an end next week, it’s more important than ever that everyone sticks to the rules to prevent higher tier restrictions being in place for longer.
“Not only that, students could be putting their own chances of going home for Christmas at risk if they catch Covid-19 and have to self-isolate.
“We’ve been working closely with the universities to tackle student parties and we had seen fewer of them lately, but unfortunately all that good work could be undone by a small number of people who are still misbehaving.
“I would again like to thank everyone who is doing the right thing and to reassure them that Nottinghamshire Police will continue to take action against people who break the rules.”
A Nottingham Trent University spokesperson said: “We are working with Nottinghamshire Police to investigate this as a matter of urgency and our internal disciplinary processes have already begun.
“We have made clear to our students that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in always following the rules and limiting the spread of this virus.
“While the vast majority of our students always follow the rules, our code of behaviour was updated to reflect the fact that students need to comply with the guidance. Where we have evidence of them not doing so we take immediate action and there will be consequences under our disciplinary processes.”