Covid: Woman arrested and £4,400 in lockdown breach fines handed out as police discover ‘silent disco at cramped flat’ in Carlton Square

 Covid: Woman arrested and £4,400 in lockdown breach fines handed out as police discover ‘silent disco at cramped flat’ in Carlton Square

Police have arrested a woman and handed out £4,400 in Covid fines after cops discovered a silent disco and a party in a cramped flat in Carlton Square.

19 people who attended the event were fined a total of £4,400.

Police were called to investigate after members of the public noticed shouting coming from a property at around 3.40am on Sunday (February 14, 2021) and officers were called to investigate.

When they arrived, around 20 people coming from the address stormed past them and made their way out.

An £800 fine was handed to the organiser and a woman who was stopped in a vehicle outside was arrested and charged with failing to provide a breath sample.

A silent disco is where people listen to the same music on wireless headphones, rather than a large speaker system

Thirty-three-year-old Carlie Ann Machado, of Davies Road, West Bridgford, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4 March 2021.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Gedling borough Chris Pearson said: “Our officers have been engaging, explaining, and encouraging people when it comes to the Covid restrictions, and, in cases such as this instance, enforcing when it is necessary and a blatant disregard of the rules.

“It’s clear that house parties should not be taking place at all, and despite the efforts of this being a ‘silent’ disco, officers still discovered and broke up this party.

“We do, however, understand that this is a minority who are breaching restrictions and we would like to thank the many people who have been abiding by the rules and helping to keep communities, our most vulnerable people, and the NHS safe.”

New laws increased fines to £800 per adult when they attend a gathering above 15 people inside a dwelling. The fine for participating in a gathering of over two people remains at £200.

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