New Year's Eve party in Sheffield ‘still going strong at 10am’ despite police visit
The police policy for dealing with Covid breaches in Sheffield is being questioned today by residents in a city street where a New Year’s Eve party was still in full swing at 10am today.
Residents fed up with the noise from an illegal gathering in the Hillsborough area reported the New Year’s Eve party to South Yorkshire Police via the force’s online reporting system last night.
When the noise continued into the early hours, they dialled 101 and spoke to a police call handler, who informed them that officers had already visited the property after the earlier complaint.
Residents are now demanding to know whether officers issued any fines to those at the party when they called at the house, claiming the gathering was still in full swing at 10am today.
One resident, who does not wish to be named, said South Yorkshire Police’s policy for dealing with reports of Covid breaches needs to be explained.
“It may be that fines were issued and those at the party just did not care and carried on regardless,” the resident said.
“But if it turns out that officers visited and just issued advice then you have to question why they are asking people to report breaches if they are not going to take any action.”
The 38-year-old resident said music, loud voices and revelry could be heard all night and into the early hours.
Party-goers were still at the house at 10am today.
The resident who reported them said: “We aren’t seeing our friends and family and then you get people like this who are going to plunge us into Tier 4 by not following the rules.”
Earlier today, South Yorkshire Police revealed that officers from the city centre neighbourhood policing team issued over seventy fixed penalty notices to people caught at an illegal New Year’s Eve party in a flat.
Under Tier 3 coronavirus rules people are not allowed to mix indoors with anyone from outside of their household unless they are part of a support bubble.
People can mix in groups of six in some outdoor spaces.
South Yorkshire Police has been contacted for a comment.