Osborne Park: police shut down after school ball warehouse parties

POLICE shut down two out of control school ball after parties on February 3 and 4 at Osborne Park warehouses with crowds of up to 400 students.

Scarborough Police Senior Sergeant Glenn Dowding said business owners on Hector and Collingwood streets were allegedly selling tickets to students in exchange for carpark or warehouse space and a DJ.

“Police shut these parties down because there was underage drinking going on with up to 400 people in attendance,” he said.

“What they are doing is having them in warehouses or carparks and selling tickets, making money out of 15 and 16 years old kids.”

Sgt Dowding said police took the issues extremely seriously and police would be recouping costs, which could mean thousands of dollars for businesses owners.

“The businesses aren’t registered with the (council) to have these events, there are no security or toilet facilities there,” he said.

“These events can often have a snowball effect and all of a sudden everyone knows about it and 400 people can turn up.”

Sgt Dowding said another party was planned for the area this weekend which police had “hopefully” been able to shut down.

“We will be patrolling the Osborne Park industrial area and have informed businesses and told them any event will be closed down,” he said.

“We have also informed local schools; this is about the safety of the kids and a warehouse in the middle of the night is not the place to go.”

City of Stirling has been contacted for comment.