A family who have been fined £10,000 for holding a house party of up to 100 people is now refusing to pay.
Parents of the 18-year-old who threw the lockdown house party are now saying they are not to blame, but rather the drunken gatecrashers who attended.
According to Wiltshire police, there were between 80 to 100 people at the house when officers turned up in Devizes.
However, the parents say their son only invited a small group of friends come to the gathering to begin with.
The number of revellers at the party exceeded lockdown limit after news of the event reportedly spread on social media.
Officers were called to the house after midnight on September 4, where at that point, anyone holding an event of more than 30 people could be hit with a £10,000 fine.
They asked for the party to be shut down and urged party-goers to vacate the property, but requests fell on deaf ears.
The family were then issued a £10k fine and revellers dispersed.
But the family is now refusing to part with their money and vow to take the case to court.
The dad of the 18-year-old told the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: “He was utterly stupid. He ignored our instructions and the government advice.
“He is very chastened. But they were gatecrashed.
“This is a completely new law. We have never had legal restrictions on the number of people in a house before.
“This could go to the Supreme Court as to whether you can legally impose a criminal penalty when the majority of people were gatecrashers.”
Discussing the news on today’s episode of This Morning, guest speaker Matthew Wright shared his thoughts with hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
He said: “They were only allowed at the time of the party 30 people in your home, the police estimated 80-90 people turned up, it was a teenager having a party – I remember back in the day my sister would hold a party, hoards of people would turn up – absolutely dreadful.
“However the sting in the tail here is because of covid there is £10,000 fine, the parents are refusing to pay it, very interesting times. There were 80-90 people in their house, that is against the rules.
“I’m not quite sure how they can just say it was gatecrashers, it’s not our responsibility – their son had the party they have to take responsibility and pay the fine.”
Ruth insisted: “Well, they let him have the party in the first place, and it got out of hand in your house.”
Fellow guest on the show India Willoughby argued: “I think £10,000 is too much.”
“But isn’t that higher fine there as a deterrent?” Ruth questioned.
“Well it is”, India replied. “And I think £10,000 would be applicable if say it were a nightclub, or a bar that had lots of people in, but when it’s a domestic residence, I just think it;s a little bit strong.”