Three fined over lockdown party on campus

Posted On 12 Jan 2021 at 5:48 pm

Stock image of halls of residence on Falmer campus

Three people were given £200 fines after a large party at a Falmer hall of residence was broken up by police in the early hours of the morning.

The University of Sussex said would be taking “all necessary action” after students from several halls attended the party on Saturday night.

Although most students have been told to study online from their home town, those whose studies require hands on teaching, such as medicine, education and social work, have been allowed to come back.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a large gathering of students at University of Sussex accommodation at 2.25am on Sunday (10 January).

“Officers attended and the group were swiftly dispersed back to their respective blocks.

“Three people were issued with £200 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs).

“Sussex Police reminds the public that restrictions are there to keep them safe. Where there are blatant breaches, officers will take enforcement action.

“Local communities are urged to continue to follow the regulations to curb the spread of the virus and help save lives.”

A University of Sussex spokesperson said: “The vast majority of students who are living on our campus are following the lockdown rules.

“We have been reminding students right from the start of the academic year that visitors are not allowed in residences – this is more important now than ever. The safety of our students, our staff and our community is imperative.

“Sussex Police and the University have made it clear that gathering in University residences, with people who are not in household bubbles, is absolutely forbidden.

“The University will also be taking all necessary action in relation to these recent unacceptable disruptions.”

Five cases of covid have been reported on Falmer campus this year, three on Monday, and 49 off campus.

  1. Chaz Reply

    As they are irresponsible, just remove them from the Uni.
    Cancel their degree courses and send them to the dole queue.

    • Hove Guy Reply

      I agree. They don’t deserve to be at the Uni. Their grants should be stopped immediately and those responsible for holding the party should be heavily fined. Apparently there were over 100 of them, yet only 3 were fined (a mere £200). Where is the sense in that? What message is being given out, and how many people will die as s result of such selfish, idiotic behaviour?

      • Was a student Reply

        You do know students haven’t had grants for about 20 years?

  2. Bear Road resident Reply

    Given the amount of money that the university receives for each student it’s unlikley that they’ll actually expell any of them is it?
    Lets face it when the Vice Chancellor is earning over £3000,000 P.A.(roughly five times that of a top surgeon)he won’t want the gravy train to empty will he?

  3. Bear Road resident Reply

    Sorry that should have been £300,000 (still an awful lot though)

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