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Nottinghamshire Police fine teenager £10,000 for hosting student house party in Lenton

The 19-year-old has received a £10,000 fine after Nottinghamshire Police had to shut down a student house party in Lenton on Friday.

The teenager felt the “full weight of the law” after organising a party on Harlaxton Drive where more than 50 people attended.

Police were called to the scene after neighbours reported the party at around 10.20 pm yesterday (September 11).

Community Protection Officers from Nottingham City Council attended to begin with, but faced hostility from the organiser and so police were called to assist.

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According to the police, they found around 50 people at the address. After ordering them all to leave, police issued the organiser with the fine.

It comes as a stern warning to those that are thinking about organising or hosting parties.

Assistant Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, Steve Cooper, said: “We need to all remember we are very much still in the middle of a global pandemic and we all need to take responsibility for our actions.

“This party was a clear example of a householder who deliberately flouted the rules without a care for anyone else and as a result we have used the full powers we have to deal with this.”

He added: “Under current rules we can issue fines to anyone hosting gatherings of more than 30 people which can result in fines of up to £10,000.

“And now we are on the eve of rules becoming even tighter so there can be gatherings of no more than six.

“I want to send out a clear message to anyone who is thinking of deliberately hosting parties tonight or tomorrow night ahead of the rules changing to please not do this.

“As we have demonstrated here we are not afraid to use the full powers we have and we will not tolerate those who are deliberately putting other people’s lives in danger.”

It comes just days before a new law comes into force – meaning it will be illegal for groups of more than six to congregate indoors or outdoors.

Amy English, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for City Central, said: “Residents have had fair warning that we won’t tolerate people flouting the laws and regulations around the coronavirus restrictions must be adhered to by everyone.

“In this case, the resident also had the chance to shut the party down when they were first visited by our council colleagues.”

Anyone identified as breaching Covid-19 regulations by organising or allowing their property to be used in his way will be subject to action being taken by Nottinghamshire Police.

By Matt Lee

Lead Image: Google Maps / Nottinghamshire Police

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