A University of Lincoln student has been fined £10k for having a 100-person party

‘As a university we deplore the irresponsible behaviour of a small number of individuals’

A student at the University of Lincoln has been fined £10,000 for having a party attended by up to 100 people.

The Lincolnshire Police were called to Viking House, a university-ran accommodation on Friday, December 4.

Jon McAdam, the Chief Superintendent said: “It seems the organiser had decided to ignore the rules and regulations set out by the COVID-19 legislation, which says that gatherings of more than 30 people are not allowed, and which are of course there to help stop the spread of the virus.

“As a result, we identified the organiser and issued the full £10,000 fine on-the-spot. This is of course means tested and only issued for the most serious of breaches, which this was.”

The Chief Superintendent explained that when the officers arrived they found the party to have “at least 70 people, possibly up to 100.”

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He continued to say: “I would say that I hope this acts as a warning to others but I don’t think I need to because most of our communities in Lincolnshire have so far complied with the rules. It’s only a small minority, as we’ve seen in this case, that have decided to completely ignore the regulations.

“Why those involved here thought that the rules, which are designed to keep people safe, don’t apply to them is beyond me.

“We will do everything in our power to make sure people follow the regulations and will continue to work with our partners to ensure that others are taking appropriate steps to encourage compliance.”

A spokesperson for the University of Lincoln said: “We regularly remind students about the importance of responsible behaviour and all of our students sign up to a community living pledge here at Lincoln. Overall, our students are responsible and the vast majority follow the rules and are concerned about their friends the wider community’s safety.

“As a university we deplore the irresponsible behaviour of a small number of individuals. We are taking this matter extremely seriously and an internal investigation is ongoing and any necessary action will be taken once the investigation is completed.

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