Nottingham student ‘one of first in country’ to pay £10k fine after hosting party

A Nottingham Trent University (NTU) student has become one of the first people across the country to pay a £10,000 fine issued under the Coronavirus restrictions.

The NTU student received the fine in October for hosting a party in Lenton on October 20.

Officers fined the 20-year-old after warning it was illegal under restrictions at the time to host a gathering of more than 30 people.

Steve Cooper, Assistant Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This should send out a warning to people that it is really not worth breaking the law when it comes to Covid legislation.

“Most people in Nottinghamshire fully support and understand the reasons why the law is in place – to stop the NHS being overwhelmed by a wave of patients affected by the virus which thrives on social contact.”

The incident occurred after the Prime Minister confirmed there were talks to move Nottinghamshire into Tier 3.

The students allegedly claimed that the officers were “spoiling their fun” and that they should be having the “time of their lives”.

A NTU spokesperson at the time said: “We have been notified by Nottinghamshire Police this morning that they have imposed £10K fines on NTU students.

“On receipt of that notification we immediately launched an investigation, and each student has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation.

“Any student who is found to have breached our disciplinary regulations can face a range of sanctions, up to and including expulsion.

“We have repeatedly made clear to all students that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in limiting the spread of this virus.

“We know that the vast majority of our students respect the guidelines and advice.

“We will not tolerate any breaches, and where we have evidence of any breaches, we will always take immediate action under our disciplinary processes.”

By Matt Lee

Lead Image: Olimpia Zagnat.

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