Texting effect sends parties out of control

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2012

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Two large out-of-control parties, including one involving more than 300 young teenagers, kept Timaru police occupied on Saturday night.

The parties, which had both started out as much smaller organised events, were yet again proof of the problems caused by texting details of parties, Acting Sergeant Bruce Sorenson of the Timaru police said last night.

About 300 drunk teenagers turned up at a Church St party about 10pm. Mr Sorenson said mostwere in the 14-17 age group.

"There were a lot of loud, lippy females. There was alcohol everywhere. It is worrying where they could have got so much from."

Mr Sorenson said it was one of the larger parties he had come across. When he arrived the young people were spread three quarters of the way across the road and stretched for about 100 metres along Church St in the block between York and Le Cren streets.

While there were no arrests as police dispersed the group, a 16-year-old girl was arrested about 30 minutes later after she allegedly threw a can at a police car.

Around the same time police were called to another out of control party at the Gleniti end of Wai iti Rd. Mr Sorenson said the gatecrashers at that event were older - in their 20s.

It had started out as an organised party but once again word of the gathering had spread by text message. About 150 people turned up uninvited. A stereo was seized from the address.

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