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Police break up party involving large group of Sussex university students

Police were called the University of Sussex campus after reports of a disturbance involving a large group of students.

Sunday, 1st November 2020, 12:11 pm

Police arrived at the campus in Falmer, shortly before 11pm on Saturday (October 31). A Section 34 dispersal order was issued, giving police officers the power to direct those causing anti-social behaviour to leave the area. A number of the students were then found gathering in Stanmer Park. Officers attended and seized a generator and a sound system. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made. Police said enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the matter, and to identify any organisers who may face a £10,000 fine for breaching Covid regulations. The incident came just hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England would enter a second lockdown from Thursday. The University of Sussex said: “Whilst the vast majority of our students are following the guidelines and behaving responsibly, there were breaches last night. This included non-residents on our campus. Sussex Police attended and, as always, the University will work closely with the authorities wherever necessary. Please be assured that we take these breaches extremely seriously.”

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