Revellers recall out-of-control party
"Police came and people were throwing bottles and fireworks," say some of the 400 youths who attended a large party in a vacant Glen Waverley house Friday night.PT1M34S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2v0jq 620 349 October 5, 2013
Smashed windows, broken fences, damaged cars and two arrests are just some of the remnants of a house party gone wild on Friday night in Melbourne’s south-east.
Police attempting to curb the violent event were forced to dodge flying bottles and fireworks, while crowds spilled outside the unoccupied house on the corner of Ranfurlie Avenue and Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, and onto the rest of the street about 11.30 pm, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.
About 700 people had been invited to the party, mostly through Facebook, according to a group of youths who returned to the house on Saturday, and 400 youths attended.
Police outside the Glen Waverley disused house were a wild party was held on Friday night. Photo: Ken Irwin
‘‘They called it mayhem,’’ one teenager said of the Facebook invite.
‘‘It’s also written inside on the walls.’’
The youths, who didn’t provide their full names, say there may be ‘‘mayhem round two’’.
About 400 partygoers turned up to a party advertised on Facebook. Photo: Ken Irwin
Up to 70 officers, including two canine units and the air wing, attended the scene.
Two police vehicles were damaged when party-goers jumped on the bonnet and roof, causing panel damage and a smashed windscreen.
One drunk teenage girl was transported to hospital, and two other men were charged with being drunk.
Neighbours said the event had been advertised on Facebook as an end of year 12 and Halloween party, and alerted each other of the event, which was initially scheduled for Saturday, October 5.
One resident, who asked not to be named, sent a letter on Thursday to other neighbours saying that ‘‘150 people’’ had been invited, and that party organisers were ‘‘planing to have one or more security guards, and are charging money for entry to the party’’.
She said she was concerned about the safety of the residents and the youth, as ‘‘such a dwelling could be an accident waiting to happen.’’
Another concerned neighbour said the house had been empty for over three years, and was scheduled for demolition to make way for new units.
She said the owner had given permission for the party to go ahead, and that, when spoken to about potential problems, ‘‘just didn’t care’’.
‘‘At first, the noise wasn’t excessive. But then we heard thumping and screaming and bashing noises as through someone was trying to break things down, and that’s when we rang the police,’’ she said.
Detective Senior Constable Dean Trigger confirmed the owner allowed a ‘‘group of teenagers to hold a pre-Halloween party on the premises’’, which ‘‘obviously got a little out of hand.’’
A recently moved-in resident had her car severely damaged when up to three people jumped on its bonnet and roof, smashing the windscreen and dislocating the left side mirror.
‘‘Just after 11.30 pm, I heard all these young kids yelling and running. I saw them pulling down the fence across the road, and then heard them going on the car. I ran outside and asked them what they were doing, and they called me a ‘f****** bitch’,’’ she said.
Dennis and Jenny Creasy, whose fence was pulled down, said they were not expecting a party on Friday, as they were informed the party was scheduled on Saturday evening.
Mr Creasy said the house had been neglected ‘‘ever since we moved here - 30 years ago’’.
‘‘It’s a strange house, because there are always different cars parked in the car port. It’s always looked a wreck,’’ he said.