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Police called to 'out of control' birthday party

Hundreds of uninvited guests gatecrashed a birthday party after it was 'advertised' on social media.

Cumbria police were forced to deal with youngsters throwing bottles at passing cars, drinking in the street and causing a disturbance.

Organisers had expected 150 people to attend the 15th birthday bash in the Market Hall, Egremont, but after being publicised on social media, about 400 turned up.

Police said they were called to reports of a large group of youths drinking in the street at about 7pm on Saturday. They were also trying to sneak alcohol inside the building.

Officers spent "several hours" dealing with the youngsters, who left empty bottles and takeaway wrappers in the street.

"A large quantity of alcohol was recovered from people who were aged under 18. A number of the youngsters had to be taken home as they were in a drunk and incapable state," said a force statement.

Police have warned organisers about the perils of publicising events on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Inspector Mark Wear said: “A lot of young people see binge drinking as socially acceptable and don’t fully realise the consequences of what they are doing or the impact it has on their communities.

“They don’t realise that when they put something onto social media, it can be advertising it to everyone. We encourage people to check their security settings and make sure friends and family are only seeing their posts. Be aware when putting details of parties on, don’t give out all of the information.

“Egremont was recently involved in a very successful dispersal order, where activities had been organised to encourage young people to become involved in something worthwhile. This incident highlights the responsibility we all have in making sure our children are safe.”

Have your say

very sad to read of happenings at Egremont Town hall. Happy memories of dances held there in the 50s& early 60s.

Posted by pauline lorkin on 20 May 2013 at 13:13

You cannot blame anyone apart from kids themselves, and their parents. When I was a 15 I had to be in by a certain time, even of a weekend! Parents nowadays do not seem to care about their kids drinking at an illegal age, but they are the first to complain when something goes wrong.

Parents of those kids found drinking illegally should be fined. A pub/shop would get fined for selling the alcohol to someone underage, I think parents should get a fine if their child is found drinking illegally.

Parents would soon take notice about what their kids were doing at the weekend!

Posted by Bob on 19 May 2013 at 09:52

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