POLICE broke up a huge illegal rave at university halls as 200 students flouted Covid rules.

Shocking footage shows a mob of revellers dancing to loud music in Nottingham on Saturday night.

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The party then spilled out to the front of the halls of residence as pockets of smaller gatherings continued inside.

Cops said they managed to break up the rave but couldn't arrest anyone as the crowd dispersed – with officers still hunting the organiser.

Police were also forced to shut down a string of parties elsewhere in the city on Saturday as Nottingham prepares to enter the toughest Tier 3 restrictions.

At around 9pm, officers handed out five £200 fines to revellers at a gathering in Gonaslton.

Cops are still trying to find the organiser and a driver who crashed into a police car as they fled the scene.

Fines totalling £4,200 were issued at another party around an hour-and-a-half later.

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Two people were then arrested in Carlton on suspicion of assaulting a police officer who had been at another illegal party.

Just after midnight, a "large party" was shut down elsewhere in Nottingham with the organiser slapped with a summons to appear in court.

Det Supt Andrew Gowan said: "The very last thing we want to be doing as police officers is to be punishing people for gathering together and having fun.

"However, the current national restrictions are in place to protect the wider public from harm and we will keep enforcing them for as long as we need to.

"It is deeply disappointing that so many needed such an expensive reminder that the rules apply equally to everyone.

"We understand that this is a difficult time but there really are no excuses for this kind of behaviour where people are blatantly ignoring the restrictions in such large numbers."

Nottinghamshire has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot with a total of 16,864 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic.

It comes as students across England prepare to be tested next week as part of a plan to allow them to return home between December 3 and 9.



 

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