Derbyshire woman fined for holding illegal booze-fuelled lockdown disco
A 48-year-old north Derbyshire woman has been made to pay out hundreds of pounds after hosting an illegal booze-fuelled lockdown disco.
Tracey Gill was initially fined by police after being found to have eight people at her home for a party in November.
A police report details that abuse was hurled at officers on the night and Gill and her husband repeatedly lied, claiming there was nobody else at their property – while slurring their words.
However, PC Adam Stubbs said that he could see a group of people in the front living room through the window, along with disco style lighting. A large marquee had been erected in the back garden.
Gill, of Norburn Drive, Killamarsh, eventually admitted she had been throwing a party for her husband’s 50th birthday.
Gill’s husband, whose first name is not detailed in the police report, is said to have wandered out of the property, “unsteady on his feet”, wearing only his underpants and started shouting and swearing at police.
Police warned him that he should go back inside before he had to be arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.
While police were documenting the details of the guests leaving the house, Gill was shouting at officers from her doorstep saying she had self-isolated for the party and that all of her guests had done the same.
She told officers they would have to attend the address again saying they would “breach regulations again if she wanted to do so”.
She was served with a £200 fine.
At a closed-doors court hearing last week, which took place because Gill did not pay her fine, this fee was increased to a total of £574, of which £440 was a fine, £90 was for court costs and a £44 victim surcharge.
Gill’s case was heard through a process called the Single Justice Procedure, typically reserved for TV licensing and vehicle licensing fines, held in private without public or media.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service was able to compile this report after requesting the details after the fact, along with the sole source of information used to decide the case, a police report.