Students fined £10,000 after up to 100 people attend house party

Ellena Cruse
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Three students have been fined £10,000 for breaching coronavirus regulations after they hosted a house party attended by up to100 people .

The women, who attend the University of East Anglia, were issued fixed penalty notices after Norfolk Police were called to reports of a gathering in Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, just after 1am on Sunday.

Officers were dispatched to the scene and found large numbers of people mixing without obeying Covid-19 restrictions.

A force spokesman said: “Officers found up to 100 people attending a party at the address.

“Officers dispersed the gathering and three occupants at the address, a 19-year-old woman and two 20-year-old women, were issued with the fixed penalty notice for contravening the ban on being involved in holding a gathering of more than 30 people.”

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A spokeswoman for the university said: “We fully support the actions of the police. Students, like everyone else, have to adhere to the law and where there is a breach of the rules they should expect to face the same consequences as others in the community.

"We have issued regular reminders about following the rules to all students both on and off campus and in addition to the police action we will also be looking into this matter and taking appropriate action. In the vast majority of cases our students are behaving responsibly.”

The university said it will "be looking into this matter and taking appropriate action".

A man getting issues with a fine for not wearing a mask (PA)
A man getting issues with a fine for not wearing a mask (PA)

It comes as new figures have shown that some police forces are handing out more fines than others.

The three forces in England and Wales that issued the highest number of fixed penalty notices per 1,000 population were Dyfed Powys with 3.34, followed by Cumbria with 1.46, and North Yorkshire with 1.4.

The three forces at the bottom of the table were Staffordshire police with 0.038, Kent Police with 0.07 and Warwickshire with 0.11.

This means that the area with the highest amount of penalties is 87 times more likely to dish out coronavirus fines than officers in the area which enforced the lowest number per head.

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