Students host ‘ticketed’ event 24 hours after group fined £40,000 for ‘illegal party’

More ‘illegal parties’ have been hosted just 24 hours after a household in the same city was fined £40,000.

On Tuesday, four students at Nottingham Trent University were each handed £10,000 fines for hosting a house party.

The group accused police officers of “spoiling their fun” and claimed they should be having the “time of their lives” when officers went to the shared house.

Officers on patrol in Lenton, Nottingham, spotted dozens of people going into the property.

When police spoke to the four housemates they claimed all the revellers had left the house.

But during a search more than 30 people were found hiding in the kitchen, bedrooms and basement.

Police have dealt with more than 60 students breaking the rules in separate incidents across the city when they shut down a further four student parties, NottinghamshireLive reports.

On Wednesday, officers were called to two separate parties in close proximately in Broad Street in the city centre following reports of large gatherings of students.

The advertised ticketed party was being held for a birthday party and allegedly even had door security for the event outside the student house.

Upon entry, officers found people to be hiding in bedrooms and on the balcony.

Meanwhile, another gathering was being held next door at the same time.

In a third incident in Church Avenue in Lenton, police found University of Nottingham students partying, with several of them caught trying to leave by the back door after seeing officers.

The fourth party was shut down in Hamden Street following a report of another large gathering of Nottingham Trent University students.

Officers were on the scene, but the majority had left by the time they had arrived.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Despite a plea to stop these parties and only a day after we have given out considerable fines for exactly this which should have served as a warning, we are still finding a number of students who think the law simply doesn’t apply to them.

“We know the vast, vast majority of students who come and study in our city are following the rules and for this, we really do want to thank them.

“They are saving lives by taking this responsible approach. But for some reason, there is a small minority of students who are deliberately and provocatively flouting the rules like this and enough is enough.

“It is illegal and there are very good reasons for that. By not complying with the rules they are increasing the spread of Covid in our city and surrounding areas.

“We also have to use valuable police resource to deal with this, and this is impacting on how we manage other criminal matters, which is not how it should be and responsibility for this now needs to be taken.

“I find it absolutely astounding that we need to keep repeating the same message again so quickly after issuing a strong plea earlier this week.”

A University of Nottingham spokesman said: “The majority of our 35,000 students are following the rules, however, under our student code of conduct there are serious consequences for any student who breach the restrictions, including disciplinary action, fines and campus sanctions – in addition to police fines. The University takes swift and proportionate disciplinary action when students are found to have wilfully breached Covid restrictions.

“In the most serious cases, students will be fast-tracked to the highest levels of our process where suspension and exclusion are potential outcomes. People should be under no illusion that misconduct will be discovered and it will be punished.”

A spokesman for Nottingham Trent University added: “Any behaviour by our students which is in breach of restrictions is completely unacceptable. Working with Nottinghamshire Police, and the City Council, we are funding more Community Protection Officers to ensure our students are following local restrictions, and we have made clear that we are willing to provide more money to extend this important service.

“Our students have been told repeatedly that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in limiting the spread of Covid-19. While the vast majority of our students continue to respect the guidelines and advice, we will not tolerate any breaches. Where we have evidence of any breaches, students will face immediate disciplinary action that may include further fines or expulsion.”