One arrested after police called to parties at university halls in Bournemouth
Another 12 were reported for breaking coronavirus rules
Police have arrested one person, and reported 12, after being called to deal with large parties at university accommodation.
On Saturday, police received several reports of parties of more than 20 people, at university accommodation in Oxford Road, Bournemouth.
When officers arrived to the address, they had to deal with “public disorder”. One 18-year-old was arrested for “obstructing police,” and a further 12 people, ages between 18-21, have been reported for breaching coronavirus regulations.
Last weekend, a Norwich house party cost its hosts £30,000, as three UEA students were fined £10k each for hosting a large gathering. That party cost more than your entire three-year degree. Last month, a Nottingham student was similarly fined £10,000 for hosting a party.
A Dorset Police spokesman said: “During the evening of Saturday October 17 Dorset Police received a number of reports of parties involving over 20 people at an address in Oxford Road in Bournemouth. Officers attended and it was reported that they had to deal with public disorder at the location.
“As a result of the incident 11 men, aged between 18 and 21, and one 18-year-old woman have been reported for breach of COVID-19 regulations. An 18-year-old man has also been arrested for obstructing police and is helping officers with their enquiries.”
The spokesman said Dorset Police wants to work with communities, and in most incidents the approach is to engage, explain the rules and encourage compliance.
“However, deliberate flouting of the rules and putting other people’s lives in danger will not be tolerated and in those situations enforcement will be used. Everyone has a social responsibility to stick within the rules to prevent the further spread of the virus.
“Officers will conduct increased patrols in the area and will work with the university in an effort to prevent breaches of current regulations.”