Parents Of 18-Year-Old Fined £10,000 For Coronavirus Breach Say They Won't Pay The Fine
The 18-year-old hosted the gathering at his family home in Wiltshire whilst his parents were away, and whilst they've admitted that their son has been 'stupid' the parents have argued that the only reason the party was over the legal number of people was because of gatecrashers.
There were between 80 and 100 people at the house in Devizes back on September 4, when the rules stated that up to 30 people could gather indoors at a house at any one time.
The teenager said that he'd only invited a select group of friends, but that word had spread and the party had quickly got out of hand.
Officers were called to the address on the night and asked the partygoers to vacate the premises, but after their initial request was completely ignored they shut down the party, dispersed the guests, and fined the organiser.
Now, according to The Times, the parents of the young man have said that they'll fight the fine to the very top if necessary, because they believe that their son did not intentionally break the rules.
The family has complained to Wiltshire Police and instructed a solicitor to take the case. The teen's dad insists that the party getting out of control was not completely the fault of his son, but more to do with the actions of drunken gatecrashers.
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He told the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: "He [his son] was utterly stupid. He ignored our instructions and the government advice. He is very chastened. But they were gatecrashed.
"This is a completely new law. We have never had legal restrictions on the number of people in a house before.
"This could go to the Supreme Court as to whether you can legally impose a criminal penalty when the majority of people were gatecrashers."
As we've mentioned, the rules at the time stated that 30 people would be able to attend the party indoors, but the rules have now changed and the amount of people at gatherings depends on which tier the area is in.
Police can now hand out £10,000 fines to anyone deemed to have organised an illegal gathering with no appeals process.
Wiltshire Police have not commented as the 'matter is ongoing'.
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