Sheffield students fined thousands after 150 people caught partying at university halls
Dozens of students have been hit with £800 fines after around 150 people were caught partying at a university halls of residence in Sheffield.
Police were called to Ranmoor Student Village at Sheffield University, off Fulwood Road, at 1.15am on Thursday after receiving reports of a flat party in breach of current lockdown guidelines.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Approximately 150 people are believed to have been in attendance.
"Officers issued a number of £800 Fixed Penalty Notices and one man was issued with a £10,000 fine after admitting that he had organised and facilitated the event.”
DJ decks and a laptop were also seized, police said, and ‘between 30 and 40’ £800 fines were issued.
A source told The Star “students ran every direction” when campus security and police arrived.
It comes as Sheffield exceeded 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths across all settings within 28 days of a positive test.
A spokesperson for the University of Sheffield, said they “strongly condemn any breaches of government regulations” and the “vast majority” of students are sticking to the rules.
They added: “Our University Security Services and South Yorkshire Police have been working very closely and we have been clear and consistent with our messaging around student conduct and behaviour, regularly stressing to students that it is their social responsibility to adhere to government guidance.
“We will continue to take action if we receive specific reports of anti-social behaviour, including reports of social distancing not being adhered to, as well as provide practical and emotional support to students who may be struggling at this time.”