Teenage party was ‘out of control’


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Police break up Good Friday gathering of drunken teenagers in a field at Spreacombe.

A wild party of drunken teenagers in a field at Spreacombe could have led to serious injuries or even death, police have warned.

Officers found several teens fighting, abusive and ‘very drunk’ when they arrived to break up the unsupervised gathering of 40 to 50 young people on Good Friday.

It was being held in near freezing temperatures within an open barn, containing a fire, agricultural machinery plus drunken youngsters and several small fights.

Two youths were arrested for trying to assault an officer and for being violent and abusive. A 15-year-old boy was later reprimanded for public order offences.

In the wake of the party there were several incidents of theft and criminal damage in the Braunton area police believe may have been caused by revellers.

When the police arrived just before 11pm, they found unsuspecting parents waiting at the gate for their children.

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Inspector Roger Bartlett, who was at the scene, said with such conditions it would have been all too easy for someone to be injured, or worse:

“Had one of them fallen or collapsed through drink without being spotted in the dark, I do wonder whether they would have survived the night,” he said.

“I am not sure what the children told their parents, but I spoke to at least one parent at the gate who did not know how many were at the party, what the venue was like, whether there was alcohol or who was organising or supervising it.

“This was a party that got out of hand and was not a pleasant experience for many of the young people there or the parents of the lad arrested who were very upset.”

He said parents should find out in advance what events their children were planning to go to and speak to a responsible adult organising them, as well as agree clear ground rules.

* Incidents later on Good Friday included stainless steel lettering costing £1,000 stolen from the entrance of Willingcott Golf Club (CI/13/297 refers).

Southfork bike shop at Exeter Road in Braunton was damaged (CN/13/89), two mirrors ripped off a Ford Transit at the rear of the London Inn (CN/13/90) and a wing mirror and Mercedes badge ripped off a vehicle in Barton Road (CN/13/91).

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting the reference number, or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.

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