Police called after reports of gathering with 'sound systems' at popular Lenton park
Police have confirmed they are patrolling in Lenton after receiving calls of a gathering with ‘sound systems’ at a popular park. Nottinghamshire Live received reports of people gathering in Lenton Recreation Ground, off Devonshire Promenade, on Monday evening (March 22). This comes despite Nottinghamshire Police issuing a dispersal order in the area following rising reports of lockdown-breaching parties in recent days.
The order, which expired at 6pm tonight and was also in place in parts of the Arboretum and city centre areas, gave officers powers to disperse people committing anti-social behaviour. Police had previously confirmed that the order helped prevent an increase in anti-social behaviour, but have since said that they received calls to the Monday evening incident. A spokesperson for the force told Nottinghamshire Live that they are increasing patrols in the area after receiving further reports of the gathering.
The spokesperson said: “I can confirm that we were aware, we have attended and we have got patrols in the area. “We have attended on a couple of occasions and will be upping patrols in the area.” The current lockdown rules mean that people cannot mix with anyone indoors from outside their household.
People can also only meet one other person outdoors and social distancing must be maintained.
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Speaking on the increase in lockdown-breaching gatherings across Nottingham, police said they were taking a “zero-tolerance approach”. Neighbourhood Inspector Amy English, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “People need to accept that we’re still in a very serious national lockdown and the regulations, put in place to protect others and bring the pandemic under control, need to be respected. “We have always said we would prefer to engage and encourage people to follow the regulations, but we can only do this for so long before enforcement needs to be taken.
“We now have no choice but to meet last night’s unrest with a full-force response and we will be taking a tough approach to anyone found breaking the rules. “This is a difficult time for everyone and the majority of people are understanding of the situation. “This can be seen through the number of calls we get from neighbours and passersby when they believe someone is having a party.
“But there are still a small number of people intent on going against all of the national restrictions.
They’re the people responsible for spreading the virus which will only prolong the lockdown and cause further misery for others.”