The 20-year-old Nottingham student, who threw an anti-rules lockdown party where night owls told police they were "spoiling our fun", pays one of the first £ 10,000 super fine
- Nottingham Trent University's third year student was fined October 20
- More than 30 people were found hidden in Lenton's house in violation of the Covid rules
- The student is the first in Nottingham to pay the £ 10,000, police said today
A student who threw a break the rules house party in Nottingham is one of the first people in the country to pay a super fine of £ 10,000.
Police said the 20-year-old was also the first in town to pay the sum – which is more than enough to cover a full year of tuition.
The third-year student at Nottingham Trent University received a fixed criminal complaint (FPN) after officers were called to a meeting at an address in Lenton on October 20. There they discovered more than 30 people who were hiding in violation of the coronavirus rules.
At the time, police reported that students attending the party told officials they were "spoiling our fun" by abandoning the event on the eve of the Tier 3 lockdown being imposed.
At this point, indoor mixing was already banned after the city introduced Tier 2 restrictions on October 14.
Young adults reportedly told police, "We should have the time of our lives."
Nottinghamshire police said the 20-year-old was also the first person in the area to pay the sum – more than enough to cover a full year of tuition. Pictured: The scene of the party on Kimbolton Avenue in Lenton
The third year student at Nottingham Trent University (pictured) received a fixed sentence (FPN) after officials were called to a meeting at an address in Lenton
The party was revealed by Nottingham City Council officials on a proactive patrol before the police were called.
Steve Cooper, Deputy Police Commissioner of Nottinghamshire, said: "This should send a warning to people that there is really no point breaking the law when it comes to Covid legislation.
“Most of the people in Nottinghamshire support and understand the reasons the law is in place to keep the NHS from being overwhelmed by a surge of patients affected by the virus that lives on social contact.
"Unfortunately there is a minority for whom enforcement is the only option."
The student was one of four to be fined £ 10,000 after the house party on October 20th.
All were suspended from the university at this point and faced further disciplinary action, including disqualification, pending an investigation.
A spokesman for Nottingham Trent University said in October: “We were informed this morning by the Nottinghamshire police that they have fined NTU students £ 10,000.
At the time, police reported that students attending the party told officials they were "spoiling our fun" by abandoning the event on October 20 last year, on the eve of Tier 3 lockdowns being imposed. Pictured: Nottingham Trent University
Upon receiving this notification, we immediately launched an investigation and each student has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation.
"Any student found to have violated our disciplinary rules can face a range of sanctions, including expulsion."
As of December 20, 196 fines had been imposed for gatherings of more than 30 people in England and two in Wales.
It is assumed that so far only a small number have been paid and about half still have time for the 28-day payment period.
Police expect some to be challenged in court, where the amount paid can be means tested.
All FPN payments issued under coronavirus legislation on behalf of the police in England and Wales are processed by the ACRO Criminal Records Office, with the money being distributed to local authorities.
Those fined can pay to avoid going to court. However, recipients are also advised to have a route available in court to review the funds.
On Tuesday, a senior police chief said people across the UK had been fined almost 45,000 for violating Covid-19 laws.
Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), also warned officials will not waste time arguing with people who do not consider the safety of others.
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