WHAT began as a "loud" house party in Ankana Cres, Goonellabah, on Thursday night escalated when police were called and hordes of underage drinkers scattered into neighbouring properties.
One nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said she saw dozens of teenagers jumping over fences and hiding in the yards of neighbouring properties.
She said her two children, aged one and three, were woken up by the noise being made by the drinkers.
"The cops came and they all just scattered," she said. "Some were hiding in my shed."
The resident said a few of the party goers had opened the fence on the side of her home and were sitting on her back patio drinking.
"It's not a nice feeling having them wandering everywhere," she said.
The resident, who was due to start work at 6am the next morning, said there was still a lot of noise on the usually quiet street at 1am.
Another resident on the street, who also requested not to be named, said it wasn't until the police arrived and the underage drinkers scattered that the noise really escalated.
"They all ran up the street and into the various yards," he said. "I think they were just trying to hide.
"I could hear people trying to come up beside their car.
"I was a little worried someone would get into the car and try to steal it."
Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Wayne Crotty said complaints about house parties were not a common occurrence in Lismore and Goonellabah, however underage drinking was a serious issue.
"Obviously underage drinking is a concern to the police," he said.
"So is causing a public order disturbance or public safety issue in the street."
Know the party facts
Anyone caught supplying alcohol to underage people can be fined $550 per drink on the spot
Generally, if police receive a noise complaint about a party they will turn up and ask the organiser or the owner of the home to turn down the music
However, if the noise or other anti-social behaviour is causing, or is likely to cause, serious problems with neighbours, police can enter a property and make arrests to stop or prevent a "breach of the peace"
If your party results in the neighbour's lawn getting littered with things like empty cans and cigarette butts you could be fined up to $2200
To register your party with NSW police, or for more information, go to http://www.mynite.com.au
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