Nottinghamshire Police

Police in Nottinghamshire have cracked down on coronavirus rule dodgers, including breaking up a hot tub party in Retford, as Lincolnshire’s neighbours top the national COVID-19 infection rate league table.

Nottinghamshire Police dispersed a number of gatherings at the weekend, including the party in Retford in the early hours of the Sunday morning.

They also broke up a birthday party in West Bridgford on Saturday night and a student party with over 20 people attending in Radford during the same evening.

In all three instances, people immediately dispersed when police arrived and no fines were issued.

Meanwhile, students who broke COVID-19 safety regulations to celebrate their negative coronavirus test results were given fines and could face further sanctions from local universities in the city.

Police issued a total of 10 fines at the weekend.

Seven students were issued with FPNs after officers were called out to sports of a house party in Lenton on Friday night. The group claimed they were entitled to have the party because they had received negative COVID-19 test results.

A further three fines were issued to three students who claimed to have had negative results and were confrontational when police attended a property on Ilkeston Road in Lenton on Saturday night.

This comes after Nottingham’s infection rate topped 750 cases per 100,000 people on Friday. Police said at the weekend that the city’s weekly rate of new virus cases continues to be the highest in England.

Specialist police underwater search and rescue teams will search part of the River Trent as part of their enquiries to find a missing Newark man, who police previously said could be in Lincolnshire.

As previously reported, Nottinghamshire Police issued an appeal last week to help find 27-year-old Michal Krysztofczyk. Officers said they were extremely concerned for his welfare after he was reported missing from Cross Street in Newark on Monday, November 18.

It is not known exactly when Michal, who is a Polish national, was last seen or what he was wearing, but police previously said it is likely to have been around Saturday, November 9.

It is not known exactly when Michal was last seen, but police said it is likely to have been around November 9. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

He is described as white, of slim build and with a bald head. He has previously suffered burns, which left him with distinctive scarring to his face, ears and hands.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and searches are due to take place not too far from the Lincolnshire border, between North Muskham and the Newark A46 flyover.

The searches will take place on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 depending on the strength of the current and the weather conditions.

Officers’ efforts will be supported by volunteers from the Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue Team (NSART) who will be combing nearby river banks while the underwater searches are taking place.

Michal Krysztofczyk. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

Sergeant Ian Birkin from Nottinghamshire Police’s Missing from Home team said: “Our officers have real concerns for Michal, who we have had very few sightings of since he was reported missing to us.

“The searches of the river are being carried out as a precaution and we have been in close contact with Michal’s family to support them and ensure they are aware of our activity during what must be a heart-breaking time for them.

“I would urge anyone with any information about Michal – no matter how insignificant they think it may seem – to contact Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information regarding Michal’s whereabouts, or who has seen him since November 9, should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 350 of November 18.