‘An embarrassment to the force’: Sussex police sergeant and nine policemen were fined £200 each after being caught at a house closing party – when their colleagues were called to investigate the illegal gathering
- Sussex Police officers were called to report a loud house party on May 15
- Upon arrival, they discover that ten off-duty officers were attending the party in Hove
- All were promptly handed a £200 fine, and the sergeant was given a reflective practice
- Another officer received a written warning after the illegal gathering to close
- The group was described at the time as a “big embarrassment” to the force
Sussex Police fined a sergeant and nine other officers £200 on the spot after they were found at an illegal closure party in the spring, it has been revealed.
Police were called after reports of a party with loud music and up to 30 guests at a large home in Hove on May 15, just two days before lockdown restrictions were eased.
When the homeowner opened the door, Sussex Police officers found several colleagues off duty drinking and eating inside the property in violation of Covid regulations.
The sergeant was given a reflective exercise, which required them to think about their actions and how to improve their performance while another officer was given a written warning.
Fixed fines warnings were also issued to the 10 officers for breaching the coronavirus health protection regulations regarding gatherings indoors.
He described the officers as a “big embarrassment” to the force.
Sussex Police fined a sergeant and nine other officers on the spot £200 after they were found at an illegal lockdown bash in Spring-en-Hove, Sussex (pictured)
“We take Covid-related abuse seriously and do not tolerate the kind of behavior that falls short of the standards we expect from our officers and staff,” said Chief Detectives Rachel Carr.
At the time of the incident, the coronavirus regulations stipulated that people should only mingle with their family or related household.
In June, a source said, “The party was very noisy with music, alcohol and food, and a lot of the guests were having a great time.
The officers who responded must have been quite shocked when they opened the door only to discover that the illegal party was packed with their colleagues who were on a day off.
Finding out that so many police officers are serving ‘Covidiots’ is a huge embarrassment to the force, especially as they have been handing out such stringent £10,000 fines to Covid breaking the rules.
“People will be watching to make sure the same penalties are handed out to those found to have broken the rules.”
At the time, a Sussex Police spokeswoman said: ‘Police officers were called to an address in Hove, following reports of a gathering indoors on Saturday, May 15 at 8.46pm.
They went in and found a number of off-duty officers. This incident, which contravened current lockdown restrictions, is under investigation by the force’s Occupational Standards Division.
Chief Superintendent Nick May said Covid violations are being taken seriously
Senior Supervisor Nick May said: ‘We take Covid-related abuse seriously and are actively investigating this matter.
The officers involved have not been arrested while the investigation continues.
Sussex Police have issued several fines to people who hold illegal parties during the lockdown.
Police cracked down on the organizers of several parties in Sussex between September and November and imposed fines of £10,000.
In January, officers broke up a party of more than 100 people in the University of Sussex’s residence halls and imposed a £200 fine.
Also that month, a music producer was fined £10,000 after organizing a gathering of around 30 people in Eastbourne.