Officers attacked by teens at party

TEENAGERS as young as 13 were throwing chairs and other objects at police when officers arrived to break up an out-of-control party in Alstonville at the weekend.

According to police, between 80 and 100 youths aged between 13 and 20 turned up to a party in Alston Avenue on Saturday night. The hosts were expecting only 20 guests.

Residents called the police to complain about the noise and behaviour of the youths and when officers responded, their car was pelted by the group.

Acting Superintendent Steve Clarke, of the Richmond Local Area Command, said that some of the young people were affected by alcohol and illegal drugs and substances.

A 15-year-old girl who was affected by alcohol at the time allegedly had a prohibited drug in her possession.

Police issued 15 move-on directions to boys and girls who were in the Geoff Watt Oval, Elizabeth Anne Browne Park, Alston Avenue, and Main and Adele streets areas.

Acting Supt Clarke said the message to youth involved in the incident was that their behaviour was not acceptable.

"As a parent myself, I'd want to know where my children were in the early hours of a Sunday morning," he said.

"Parents need to accept responsibility for what their children are up to. Saying that, police are happy to work with the parents to resolve the issue."

Acting Supt Clarke said that the youths who threw objects at police should be more careful in the future.

"If they're caught, they will be dealt with," he warned.

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