University issues statement on illegal lockdown party in student flat in Sheffield attended by 150 people

The University of Sheffield has issued a statement after police busted an illegal lockdown party in a student flat.

Saturday, 6th February 2021, 10:12 am

South Yorkshire Police claim 150 people were at the party at Ranmoor Student Village, which offers accommodation to University of Sheffield students.

Officers were alerted to the lockdown gathering in the early hours of Wednesday and police bodycam footage has been released showing a number of revellers trying to escape as officers arrived at the flat.

Over £34,000 worth of fines were issued to those at the party, including one of £10,000 for the organiser.

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An illegal lockdown party in a student flat in Sheffield was attended by 150 people (Image: SYP)

The minimum penalty for attending illegal gatherings of more than 15 people is now £800.

Sheffield City Centre Inspector, Ali Bywater, said the ‘blatant disregard’ to safety shown by those at the party was ‘absolutely appalling'.

A spokesperson for the University of Sheffield, said: “We strongly condemn any breaches of government regulations.

“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 thank the vast majority of our students for their ongoing efforts to do so and help stop the spread of Covid-19.

“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.”

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