Police resources tied up with weekend parties

Nolan Grace after scoring his fifth try.
Nolan Grace after scoring his fifth try.

During a ride-along, the Melville Times witnessed first hand the time and effort spent controlling parties in Bull Creek, Coolbellup and East Fremantle.

The night began slowly with a few house visits and alarm reports but the focus soon turned to parties once it hit 10pm.

With prior knowledge of a 21st party at a Coolbellup address, police began patrolling the area from 10am notifying the homeowner there would be zero-tolerance to anti-social behaviour.

‘We were notified of the party at Coolbellup earlier in the week so we spoke with the home owner earlier that day and again that evening,’ operations manager Tiffany Morton-Smith said.

‘Months earlier a party was held at the same address, which ended with a large number of youths fighting in the street and police being hit by bottles.’

During the first patrol, one youth was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road.

By 10.45pm, police were called to an out-of-control party in East Fremantle, where up to 100 youth were spilled onto the street near the East Fremantle Yacht Club. PolAir was also called to disperse partygoers.

Meanwhile, at the same time Murdoch Police were called to a house party in Bull Creek, following reports of anti-social behaviour and drag racing. Officers closed the party down and moved on youth who were causing a disturbance to neighbours.

Act Sgt Morton-Smith urged party hosts to register their party with the police and not to advertise as an open event on Facebook.

‘They should arrange for security or have responsible adults on hand, and notify the police so we are aware of how many parties are on and where they will be held over the weekend. Most people do the right thing; we just need to remind all party hosts and goers to do the same.’