More £10,000 fines issued after two huge Northampton house parties
One had a live DJ performing
Police have handed out more £10,000 fines after breaking up two house parties in Northampton this morning (Sunday).
In total between 150 and 200 people attended the separate parties, with a live DJ performing at one of them.
More than a dozen police officers wearing bodyworn video were deployed after reports of a house party in Forfar Street, St James, at around midnight.
Large numbers of young people were seen arriving at the address and, once inside, officers found more than 60 people attending a party that was in breach of Covid-19 regulations.
The partygoers, some of whom were hostile towards the police, were fully dispersed within about 30 minutes.
An 18-year-old Northampton woman was arrested by officers for a public order offence, breaching Covid-19 regulations and resisting a police officer in the execution of their duty.
The 19-year-old organiser of the illegal party was handed a £10,000 fine.
A further 22 police officers were called to an address in The Briars, Briar Hill, at about 12.25am following a number of calls from members of the public.
Between 100 and 150 people were inside the property where a live DJ was also performing.
Police were forced to disperse the partygoers and issued two 20-year-old men, the organiser and the DJ, with £10,000 fines for breaching Covid-19 regulations.
Supt Natalee Wignall, of Northamptonshire Police, said the fines had been handed out for a clear breach of the Covid-19 regulations.
She said: “This sends out a very strong message to anyone thinking of holding such events. We responded quickly to complaints made to us by members of the public and a large number of officers had to be deployed as a result.
“All in all we had between 150 and 200 people attending these two parties which is completely unacceptable. People should be under no illusion that, as we approach the Christmas and New Year period, Northamptonshire Police will deal robustly with breaches such as these.”
On Friday police revealed they had issued another £10,000 fine after they were called to a house party in Northampton on December 5.
They are also investigating a wedding reception in Kettering over breaches of Covid rules.