'Reckless' teenager hit with £10,000 fine after hosting 50-person house party

A ‘reckless’ teenager has been slapped with a £10,000 fine after police caught him hosting a house party with more than 50 guests.

The young man, 19, from Lenton, Nottingham was reported to Nottinghamshire Police by neighbours at around 10.20pm on Friday night.

Council community protection officers gave him the chance to shut down the party, but claimed he was ‘hostile’.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to support and all guests were ordered to leave, before the host was given a £10,000 fine.

Under current rules, officers can issue fines of up to £10,000 to anyone hosting gatherings of more than 30 people.

However, strict rules that ban groups of more than six come into force across the UK on Monday.

Assistant chief constable Steve Cooper from Nottinghamshire Police said the case was a reminder that ‘we are very much still in the middle of a global pandemic and we all need to take responsibility for our actions’.

He said: ‘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.’

Amy English, council neighbourhood policing inspector for City Central, added: ‘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.’

It comes after pubs were pictured packed out on Friday night, as partygoers hit the town for one last blowout.

John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has urged people to avoid a ‘party weekend’, warning his officers will take action if necessary.

He said: ‘There is a real risk some members of the public will take advantage of the current situation and treat this weekend as a party weekend ahead of the tighter restrictions being introduced on Monday.

‘Alcohol and warm weather are not a good combination at the best of times. Using the current situation as an opportunity and excuse to party would be incredibly irresponsible and put pressure not only on policing, but potentially on the ambulance service and NHS.

‘We are in the grip of a deadly pandemic and we have seen cases increasing over recent weeks. Policing is under pressure like never before, but my colleagues will give enforcement notices if they feel it’s appropriate, and we make no apology for doing so.’

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