Student forced to pay £10,000 fine after police catch him hosting lockdown party

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Police were called to an address on October 20 where the third-year student was issued with a fine. The party was held at a time when the region was experiencing high case levels of the virus. The Nottingham Trent University student is believed to be one of the first people in the country to pay such a fine. 

Due to restrictions on the number of people at the event, officers deemed it was illegal. 

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, 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.

“Sadly there is a minority for whom enforcement is left as the only option.”

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According to the statement from Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council led Community Protection Officers on a proactive patrol. 

The police now have a legal duty to ensure the new restrictions are adhered to. 

Since March, approximately 32,000 fines have been issued by England and Wales. 

As was the case in Nottingham large parties can be issued with a fine of up to £10,000. 

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In England and Wales, however, fines begin at £200. 

Police have taken a more hardline approach to the guidelines due to the new strain of the virus which has spread rapidly across the UK. 

Under current guidelines, you may only leave your home for a reasonable excuse. 

This may include going to work if you cannot do so from home or buying essential items such as food. 

There has been some confusion over the length of time needed to exercise outdoors, which is also deemed as a reasonable excuse to leave your home. 

This is a breaking news story, more to follow.

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