Teen with 'appalling attitude' faces Covid fine after house party
A TOTTON teenager with an “appalling attitude” faces a fine for breaching Covid regulations after police broke up a house party in the town.
Officers found partygoers hiding in the kitchen and the garden shed after turning up at the home in Durley Crescent on Saturday evening following a report of a potential breach of Covid-19 regulations.
The 18-year-old woman has been reported for summons.
A spokesperson for Hampshire police said: “Upon arrival it appeared a party was taking place in contravention of the current health protection regulations, with a gathering of around 20 adults, all from different households.”
Temporary Sgt Robin Blake added: “This was a blatant breach of the health protection regulations that are in force to keep people safe during the pandemic.
“Upon arrival we were met with obstructive behaviour. The 18-year-old woman tried to justify her actions by saying she doesn’t have Covid and that it’s her birthday soon. Despite pointing out the reasons why these restrictions are in place, her attitude was appalling.
“In the address we found people hiding in the kitchen, and 10 women hiding in the garden shed.
“These people were putting themselves and their loved ones at risk. It is actions like this that continue to spread the virus and put unnecessary pressure on the NHS.
“Anyone who does not follow the regulations faces a fixed penalty notice. The minimum fine relating to parties of 15 people or more has now increased to £800 following an announcement by the government."
Officers took details of all of those at the address and they were then dispersed. The incident is still under investigation.