No 'likes' from police for party

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 13:29 04/12/2012

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A Feilding party that looked set to see hundreds of teens get together was shut down after police took to social media to warn partygoers to behave.

The party was advertised on an 18-year-old Feilding resident's Facebook page for last weekend but after police intervened, it did not go ahead.

Senior Sergeant Nigel Allan said police got wind of the party after it attracted 600 "likes", and word of mouth brought it to their attention.

The organiser of the party had a history already with police after his last party a couple of months ago was shut down after someone was injured. A number of people were also arrested for disorder as the party broke up.

This party was being touted as "round two", Mr Allan said.

Some of the intending partygoers had posted on a Facebook page they intended to cause "disorder-type offences", and the sheer numbers that were expected to attend had police concerned.

Word of the party came on the back of a number of others that had gotten out of control in Feilding in recent weeks, including one with 120 guests a couple of weekends ago that had to be broken up by police after the venue they were partying in and nearby properties were damaged.

Mr Allan said after speaking with the organiser of the party planned for last weekend about his responsibilities as a host, he posted a comment on the page with his help to encourage responsibility on the part of the people attending as well.

People had been working hard for their exams and were allowed to let their hair down, but this party had been gathering momentum and they recommended to the organiser that it be shut down.

Mr Allan said while Feilding police did not have a parties register like Palmerston North police did, they encouraged people having parties to get in touch with them and they might be able to help ensure it was a safer and more enjoyable evening for everyone.

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- The Manawatu Standard

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