15 Wild party crack­down

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - AN­DREA HAMBLIN

LEAD­ERS of Mel­bourne’s African com­mu­nity are con­sid­er­ing at­tend­ing teen par­ties un­der­cover in a bid to stop them spi­ralling out of con­trol.

The planned mea­sure fol­lows a spate of wild par­ties where short-stay rental houses were trashed and vi­o­lence di­rected to­wards po­lice try­ing to break up the may­hem.

It is be­lieved youths have been us­ing fake or stolen credit cards to rent the prop­er­ties.

African lead­ers on a joint po­lice-com­mu­nity task­force have told the Sun­day Her­ald Sun that teens rent­ing and dam­ag­ing Airbnb prop­er­ties were hurt­ing the rep­u­ta­tions of mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties.

They plan to at­tend par­ties they sus­pect could go awry and mon­i­tor plans — say­ing such events were of­ten or­gan­ised “un­der­ground” at the last minute us­ing so­cial me­dia such as Face­book and Snapchat.

“Not all the young peo­ple who are hir­ing these venues have ma­li­cious in­tent,” leader John Kuot said.

“We want to com­mu­ni­cate with these young peo­ple and put some strate­gies in place to make sure they can con­tinue to have fun and that it’s not in a way that’s go­ing to lead to peo­ple’s prop­erty be­ing dam­aged — and to en­sure the safety of the pub­lic.”

Vic­to­ria Po­lice is look­ing at ways to re­spond to out-of-con­trol par­ties in short-term rentals. One “pow­er­less” Footscray home­owner was last week­end forced to stand by as ram­pag­ing par­ty­go­ers trashed her rental prop­erty amid con­fu­sion about whether po­lice had the power to en­ter.

A group of girls claim­ing to be from Ade­laide had rented the house — pos­si­bly us­ing fake ID and stolen credit cards.

But in­stead, about 50 young African men ri­oted and smashed walls and win­dows.

A 19-year-old Point Cook man was ar­rested for drunken be­hav­iour and fur­ther ar­rests are an­tic­i­pated.

At an­other party in North Mel­bourne late last month, about 50 youths trashed a house be­fore sev­eral threw logs at po­lice cars and at least one stomped on a po­lice car.

The Sun­day Her­ald Sun be­lieves po­lice have a list of sus­pects in the case, with ar­rests im­mi­nent.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice spokesman, Act­ing Sgt Alis­tair Par­sons, said the force was work­ing on an op­er­a­tional re­sponse plan for deal­ing with wild par­ties.

“Deal­ing with rowdy or outof-con­trol house par­ties is not a new is­sue for Vic­to­ria Po­lice — we have been re­spond­ing to these prob­lems for decades,” he said.

“The rise in pop­u­lar­ity of short-term leases, how­ever, does present new le­gal chal­lenges for Vic­to­ria Po­lice.”

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