Nottingham students continue to party in large groups breaking lockdown rules and city residents are not happy about it.
Many members of the community and across England nationally have commented on the irresponsibility of the parties in Nottingham and students have faced backlash on social media sites.
Speaking through Twitter, Ben Rogers heard about the parties and said: “Just seen the video of a 200-strong student party in Nottingham – seriously, during a national lockdown? Grow up and take a second or two to think about the ramifications you selfish ***holes!”
Anne Orton from Nottingham also tweeted: “As a pensioner who lives in Nottingham and who has been shielding for months – thank you students for potentially stopping me seeing family this Christmas. Have you NO regard for others?”
Mrs Orton’s tweet was liked by 76 others and replied to in agreement with many others condemning the partying.
Nottinghamshire Police were called to a party with around 40 people in student accommodation on Union Road, Nottingham on November 24, where a total of 38 fines were handed out to people attending the party and the 19-year-old woman who hosted may be fined up to £10,000 for breaking the rules.
And even more recently, another rave party in a Nottingham accommodation also had students fined.
Police found over 200 students in the courtyard of the student halls in St Peter’s Street, Nottingham and the incident is still under investigation.
Security at the accommodation had to call the police as they heard the party getting out of hand and the police described the partygoers actions as “selfish”.
“We have made clear to our students that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in always following the rules and limiting the spread of this virus.”
Nottingham trent university spokesperson
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Gummer said: “It’s really disappointing to see that a small minority of people continue to break the rules and put other people at risk.
“At a time when the whole country is in a second lockdown and people are following the rules in the hope of being able to see their family at Christmas, it’s really selfish that people are still having these big parties.”
A Nottingham Trent University spokesman also commented on the matter and said: “We are working with Nottinghamshire Police to investigate this as a matter of urgency and our internal disciplinary processes have already begun.”
They explained that most of the students at Nottingham Trent University do try and follow the rules and this case is a minority.
They added: “We have made clear to our students that they – like everyone – have a crucial role to play in always following the rules and limiting the spread of this virus.
“Where we have evidence of them not doing so we take immediate action and there will be consequences under our disciplinary processes.”
Det Supt Andrew Gowan said: “The very last thing we want to be doing as police officers is to be punishing people for gathering together and having fun.
“However, the current national restrictions are in place to protect the wider public from harm and we will keep enforcing them for as long as we need to.”