Monday, August 30, 2010

Partygoer teens fight cops and riot -- West Australia

Shocked neighbours told of parents dropping off underage children with cartons of liquor as riot police tried to quell up to 200 drunk and unruly teenagers at a violent 15th birthday party in Mandurah on Saturday.



Police said the parents who supplied the alcohol were irresponsible after up to 30 officers in riot gear were called in to quell the violence.

The police helicopter was also sent to Brandon Wadley's party in Cassilis Court, Greenfields, after terrified neighbours called for help when the celebration turned ugly.

The quiet cul-de-sac was more like an inner-city ghetto by 9pm when 14 patrol cars cordoned it off to break up the out-of-control party and stop more people joining in.

Revellers threw bottles and rocks at houses and police while others used backyards to get to the Wadley home.

Neighbour Steve Ramble said there were about 200 people in the street, which was strewn with broken glass, and his house was pelted with bottles.

"The kids had to stay inside away from the windows," he said. "They were terrified. The police did what they could but it was a bit too late."

He was shocked to see parents dropping children off as riot police battled to disperse the mob.

"How could you let your child in there when riot police are trying to get people out?" he said. "As a parent, you can't imagine it."

Men aged 42 and 19 were arrested for disorderly conduct. No one was injured.

Insp. Danny Mulligan said the behaviour was antisocial, unacceptable and disgusting and the parents of children involved were irresponsible.

It was disappointing that police had had to quell large-scale disturbances in Mandurah three times this month.

An officer was injured when youths threw bottles and rocks at police at a birthday party in the CWA Hall.

Just 24 hours earlier, riot police were called from Perth to an out-of-control 16th birthday party in Salmon Gums Lane, Dawesville, where some of the 200 partygoers threw rocks and bottles at officers.

Insp Mulligan said police would talk to Brandon's parents about the party and would establish whether offences took place.

Brandon's father Aaron Wadley declined to comment but Brandon told the ABC gatecrashers from Rockingham were to blame.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/7843198/riot-police-called-out-to-control-drunk-teens/

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