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Police disperse hundreds of revellers after Facebook invite went ‘viral’
11:59am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
POLICE were called after youths trashed gardens and damaged cars in a Hampshire road – because their Hallowe’en party was cancelled.
Hundreds of youngsters arrived at a house in Chilbolton Avenue in Winchester after the event went ‘viral’ on the social networking site Facebook.
But they were met by six police cars with officers telling them the party was off.
Police arrived at around 6.30pm and spent two hours at the scene confiscating alcohol from under-age drinkers and telling the teenagers to move on. There were no reported arrests.
But residents of Chilbolton Avenue and the surrounding areas reported cases of vandalism to cars and damage to gardens as the teenagers dispersed.
The youngsters moved on down in large groups into Winchester city centre to party in River Park and Oram’s Arbour.
A Fulflood resident said: “I live nearby and I’m pretty disgusted this is allowed to happen. I have never seen anything like this in Winchester to be honest and I think it’s the sort of thing people should be named and shamed for.
“What a waste of police time.”
At one point, hundreds of youths were seen walking together down Winchester High Street following the dispersal on Thursday night.
Shirley Bartlett, manager of Tegfield Nursing Home on Chilbolton Avenue, said: “It’s not on really because we’ve got vulnerable people here. They don’t seem to care about the elderly. Last time there was a big party they were in our car park shouting and screaming and urinating in the bushes.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Police attended to disperse the group from the area which grew in size and numbered around 100 at one point.
“The group left the area and all was quiet by 8.30pm.”
One reveller tweeted: “So the Chilbolton Party actually ended up in the city centre! Sick night... Winchester was nuts!”
A Peter Symonds College student, aged 17, who also asked not to be named, said: “Police were waiting at the party before it started, turning kids away and confiscating alcohol. Hundreds of teens descended on the High Street.
“There was minimal damage at the site of the party due to strong police presence. No one was misbehaving.”
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