Police have fined four people after breaking up a house party in the early hours of the morning.
The force were called to Linby Road, Hucknall, shortly before 3am today, Saturday, February 13.
Officers at the scene heard loud music coming from inside and four people were found in the property – three of whom did not live there.
They were each handed fixed penalty notices for £200.
Police believe another person fled the scene when officers arrived.
Assistant Chief Constable Gerard Milano, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The current lockdown legislation is very clear that mixing indoors with people you don’t live with, or have a support bubble with, is not allowed. This was a flagrant breach of the rules and was dealt with accordingly.
“However, it is also important to recognise that these individuals are very much in the minority. The vast majority of people are making the necessary sacrifices to adhere to the rules and we thank them for their continued support.”
Police also now have the power to issue tougher £800 fines to people found at indoor gatherings of more than 15 people. These fines will also double for each repeat offence to a maximum of £6,400.
It comes after a family in Mansfield were fined for hosting a party with 24 people earlier this month – the organisers later said believed it would be OK because “it was our family, we know they don’t have coronavirus”.
Nottinghamshire Live recently joined officers who are dispatched across the county to break up parties and issue fines where necessary.
Sergeant Dave Wardle said: “It is not something I expected to be doing when joining the police – breaking up parties – but it is important because the rules are there to keep people safe and stop the spread of Covid.
“But we have all got family and friends.
“It can be a bit unnerving. We are going into houses where we know people have got Covid and officers are wary about spreading it to their family and friends.
“Officers have caught Covid but we can’t attribute it to these jobs. On a Saturday night, from about 8pm, we have gone from job to job until 1am.
“Sometimes there are more jobs than we can get to.”