‘House party’ broken up by police in Clerkenwell
19 February, 2021 — By Calum Fraser
Police broke up a house party this week in Clerkenwell with an inspector slamming the revellers’ “shocking indifference” to the “health of their community”.
Officers were called at about 11pm on Wednesday to Paton Street. A house party was reported to be going on with “loads of people coming and going”.
Officers could hear loud music coming from the premises and estimated about 20 to 30 people were inside.
A disco ball or party lights effect could be seen through the ground floor window and lots of different voices could be heard. Officers went to the door and heard inside someone shout “turn if off”.
The officers could hear people moving around the property and the lights and music were turned off and the blinds and curtains drawn.
The officers knocked at the door and identified themselves, but the occupiers would not answer.
Despite repeated knocking, there was no response at all and it was clear that those within were choosing to ignore them.
Faced with this lack of cooperation, and in order to deal with the incident, the officers obtained a closure order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.
The order was placed on the door, and after more warnings were ignored, the officers forced entry.
By about 1:45am ten people were still in the property, six of them did not live there.
The organiser of the event, a 20-year-old man, and the other nine people were all reported for breach of the Covid regulations.
Inspector Alex Hope-Rollinson, based in Islington, said: “The vast majority of Islington residents continue to follow Covid-19 restrictions, making huge personal sacrifices for the health and safety of our community. Frankly it is shocking to see people act with such indifference for the rules, willing to put the health of their community at risk.
“I’m proud of the professional and intelligent way the attending officers used different areas of legislation to ensure that people who were flagrantly breeching the rules we’re given fixed penalty notices. We will continue to work across the borough to keep resident safe, taking enforcement action where necessary.”