Fourteen party goers who tried to hide from police while having a last blowout before lockdown have been fined.
The party in Gloucester Avenue, Lenton, was first spotted at around 11.15pm by Nottingham City Council’s community protection officers (CPOs) who were patrolling the area.
They knocked on the door and tried to speak with the students, advising them they needed to break the party up.
Nottinghamshire Police were then called at around 11.30pm after their attempts to break up the gathering were unsuccessful and the door was shut on them.
Officers arrived at the house and after looking through an open window could hear the people inside hiding and telling each other to ‘shush.’
The revellers eventually opened the door to officers but some were argumentative and claimed that they were ‘not doing anything wrong.’
Others said they had attended the party because it was their ‘last chance to do so before lockdown’.
Each party-goer was handed a £200 fine.
Officers attended reports of four other parties in Lenton but did not issue fines at these incidents. There was also reports from residents of fireworks going off, some of them in the day.
Neighbourhood Inspector Amy English, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The guidelines have prohibited different households in Nottinghamshire from mixing indoors for some time now, so there was no excuse to have a party because it was the last night before lockdown.
“These party goers were given ample opportunity to stop the gathering by the Community Protection Officers, but they refused to do so.
“They even went so far as to try to hide from officers when they arrived – which shows they were well aware they were doing something wrong.
“This was great work by the CPOs to spot the gathering and start the process of breaking it up.
“As the country moves into national lockdown we all have a responsibility to do our bit to control the virus. No one should think that the rules don’t apply to them – they apply to everyone.
“We’ll continue to work with our partners to enforce these restrictions and we won’t hesitate to issue fines when people blatantly put others at risk.”