THE organiser of a house party which had more than 30 guests from across the country has been slapped with a £10,000 fine.
Police officers dispersed a gathering at a terraced house on Clifton Avenue, Rotherham, at about 5.30pm on Friday, February 12, and issued fines worth £18,000 to partygoers.
A police spokeswoman said there were more than 30 people at the address, some of whom had travelled from different parts of the country.
Police issued a £10,000 fine to the occupant and £800 fines to each of the ten guests they caught.
A resident who lives nearby, who did not want to be identified, said it had taken about an hour for police to arrive at the house.
The resident said someone helped several people escape down a side passage while the officer had been inside talking to the occupant.
The police spokeswoman confirmed that some of those at the house had fled while officers were in attendance.
The resident said more officers arrived and took down the registration numbers of the guests who were parked on the street.
“More visitors were asked to leave; after some shouting and arguing eventually they began to leave, some by the front door, others still sneaking up the passage and away into the dark night,” said the resident.
“The officers were totally outnumbered and outsmarted but did their best to deal with this breach of the law.
“Masks were not worn by any visitors.”