In today's grimace-worthy news, a nineteen-year-old student has been issued a £10,000 fine for breaking coronavirus-related rules. It's reported that Stuart Hawk was ordered to pay the staggering sum after police had to shut down a house party at his home in Nottingham, which was attended by over 50 people. He has since written an apology letter referring to the event as "foolish" and claiming that he only envisaged 25 people would attend for a garden get-together, but that more arrived throughout the night.
Police attended the scene after complaints from neighbours and issued the fine, which is the maximum penalty available. When speaking to The Mail Online, Hawk said, "We don't want to talk about what happened. It has all been a big shock. Of course we would all like to apologise to any neighbour who might have been offended." It's believed that he plans to appeal the fine.
Another student told the publication, "It was meant to be a small gathering with mates and it got out of hand. We had invited 25 people and it was out in the garden and aimed to end at 11pm and we were trying to social distance but then people invited their mates and so on. It got out of hand and we are really sorry."
Nottinghamshire Police tweeted following the shut down, writing, "@NottsPolice show just how prepared we are to use the full weight of the law in order to prevent the spread of #Coronavirus after issuing a £10,000 fixed penalty notice to a house party host." As of today, the government-imposed rules state that no more than six people can meet for a gathering at any one time.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper from Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement: "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.
"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 put other people’s lives in danger."
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