Crashers assault guests, ruin party fun

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GATE-CRASHERS who attended an out-of-control 16th birthday party in Langwarrin used batons and metal bars to assault and terrorise guests, 10.30pm, Friday 10 November.

Police said members of the mainly Maori gang threw bottles and stones at the crowd of 200 outside the Grassmere Rd house, initiated brawls and even attacked parents.

Frankston police, the Air Wing and the Dog Squad attempted to disperse the crowd, with those in the gang chanting slogans “41” and “42” (which have links to New Zealand crime gangs) and abusing police.

A 46-year-old man and a 44-year-old man, both of Langwarrin, were taken to Frankston Hospital with cuts and abrasions.

An 18-year-old Narre Warren North man was taken in for questioning.

Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb, of Frankston police, warns parents of the dangers of especially 16th birthday parties. “Anyone who considers holding a party for a 16-year-old should think again,” he said.

“Parties should never be advertised on Facebook – even on so-called “closed” sites – because it only takes one person to post it and word gets out and people they don’t know start arriving from other suburbs.”

Parents determined to arrange parties are advised to register the date and time with police, arrange security and set up CCTV.

It is more sensible to hold parties at licensed venues where there is security, police said.

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