Coast family's home trashed
Wendy Marston didn't expect a phone call at 5.30am one Saturday to say about 100 youths were partying recklessly in her house.
But it happened to the Red Beach resident on June 16, and the family home was trashed.
Mrs Marston and her husband had stayed in Auckland city overnight with friends visiting from Christchurch. She had left her 18-year-old daughter at home with a friend.
"We got a call early the next morning from my daughter crying and I called police after that," Mrs Marston says.
Police had already been called to the house just after 1am. "We have been told three others were invited around to our house on Friday. And somewhere along the line it got put on Facebook. No-one has admitted to that one yet, and texting went out until there were 100 young people coming in."
The couple arrived to find their home in disarray.
"The carpet is filthy, there was rubbish everywhere, alcohol poured over walls, holes in the walls, the freezer had been raided, along with the pantry. There is sick over the carpet along with yoghurt tipped on to it. Our shoes and books were in the trees outside."
Other than a Wii console and some food, nothing else had been stolen.
"Our laptop, PC and jewellery were left alone.
"Apparently youth as young as 14 were partying in here," Mrs Marston says. "You would think parents would be more aware of where their children are at that age."
The family has insurance and commercial cleaners helped clean up late last week.
Police are investigating.
"We don't want to point the finger at anyone," Mrs Marston says. "We had to move on pretty quickly from that to deal with the mess."
Mrs Marston hopes her ordeal will serve as a warning to others.
"I want parents to be aware that this sort of thing can happen and is happening up here on the Hibiscus Coast."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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