Police dogs and helicopter called to Surrey Facebook party

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A party that had been advertised on Facebook ended with police being called, dogs being brought in, a helicopter being scrambled, and an officer injured.

It shows just how dangerous it can be to involve Facebook when you're planning a party.
The party, at a property in Copthorne in Surrey, got out of hand on Saturday night after a teenager decided to throw a party while his parents were away on holiday - and publicised it on his Facebook page.

A youth who answered calls from the Sun at the property said he had posted the event on Facebook and people forwarded the invite.

The Telegraph reported that 150 people turned up uninvited, and concerned neighbours called the police. According to the Sun, officers had to use police dogs and batons to restore order, and they were backed by an Air Support Unit helicopter.

The party-goers started throwing bottles at the police officers. The Metro said that female officer was treated for an injury to her hand and three arrests were made. Surrey Police said they expected to make more arrests as they traced those responsible.

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Teenage mayhem

It shows just how risky it is to even mention a party on social networking sites. There are scores of homes across the country where parents are counting the cost of an ill-advised invitation.

In December we reported about the party held by 14-year-old Sarah Hine from Billericay in Essex. She had published details of the party, including her address, and 800 people turned up uninvited. They caused an estimated £30,000 of damage.

Before that, in November it was the turn of Ffion Fosbrooke, the daughter of a lottery winner in Carmarthenshire, who had 200 uninvited guests. It took police 40 minutes to break up the party.

Perhaps the most shocking example was in Haren in Holland, where 3,000 people attended a 16-year-old's party that he had advertised on Facebook. The violence spread to the town centre, where a number of shops were looted.

Teenage parties have always been a headache for parents. It's just that Facebook has changed the scale of the potential disaster from the kind of damage that can mean the docking of an allowance for a couple of months, to the sort of thing that takes a year's salary to pay for.

The police advice on this is very clear. If you're having a party, don't mention it on social networking sites - regardless of the nature of the party or the age of the birthday boy or girl. You may only have a handful of Facebook friends, but once they forward it to their friends, and they forward it on again, suddenly you have a guest-list of a thousand people.

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