Universities 'should EXPEL students who break coronavirus rules'

Students who flout coronavirus restrictions should be kicked out of their universities as a 'strong deterrent' to others, a police chief has said.  

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, called for the crackdown on rule breakers after his officers were forced to hand out dozens of fines to partying undergraduates last weekend. 

He said the city's two universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, should now consider expelling those who 'think their social life is more important than other people's health'.      

'It's quite unbelievable how some people are completely ignoring the fact that people are dying and the NHS is already so stretched with cancer treatment being halted because of the continued spread of Covid-19,' Chief Constable Guildford said.

'The only way to get this under control is by everyone in the community sticking to the legislation and taking responsibility.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, called for the crackdown on rule breakers after his officers were forced to hand out dozens of fines to partying undergraduates last weekend. Pictured: The University of Nottingham

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, called for the crackdown on rule breakers after his officers were forced to hand out dozens of fines to partying undergraduates last weekend. Pictured: The University of Nottingham

'Thankfully most people in the community understand the seriousness of the situation and are playing their part. 

'But there always seems to be a few who think their social life is more important than other people's health.

'Sadly many of the incidents we attended overnight again were student parties. 

'We know that both universities have been trying to help get the message across to students but for some it doesn't seem to be getting through.'  

Pictured: Chief Constable Craig Guildford of Nottinghamshire Police

Pictured: Chief Constable Craig Guildford of Nottinghamshire Police

Chief Constable Guildford said officers will continue to hand out fines to those who disregard restrictions, adding he hoped to see universities expel students as a strong deterrent.  

He said: 'It is only by working together to follow the legislation that we will be able to control the spread of the virus.

'I would like to thank everyone who is taking their personal responsibility seriously and assure them that we will increasingly take action against those who needlessly put others at risk.'  

His comments came as Nottinghamshire Police fined a man £10,000 following a bash at a student flat in the city centre attended by 38 revellers on Saturday. 

All those in attendance were handed £200 penalties.

The host and his guests were among 83 flouters issued fines over the weekend, with other incidents including a party on Sunday in which a DJ booth was set up in the basement.

Officers also found guests attempting to escape through a window and hiding in the garden during another student party, which led to 18 fines being issued.

He said the city's two universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, should now consider expelling those who 'think their social life is more important than other people's health'. Pictured: Nottingham Trent University

He said the city's two universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, should now consider expelling those who 'think their social life is

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