Griev­ing dad wants teens to party safe over sum­mer

Townsville Bulletin - - Your Christmas Txts -

A GRIEV­ING fa­ther is urg­ing other Queens­land teenagers to party safe this fes­tive sea­son af­ter his son was bashed to death at a party this year.

Paul Stan­ley’s son Matthew, 15, was bashed at a party at Alexandra Hills, Bris­bane, in Septem­ber.

Mr Stan­ley has be­come an ad­vo­cate for the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice’s Party Safe pro­gram, record­ing a ra­dio ad to pro­mote the pro­gram.

He is urg­ing other par­ents and teenagers to check out party safe in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­ter their par­ties with po­lice.

‘‘Be­cause of the ter­ri­ble tragedy of my son Matthew’s death, I im­plore ev­ery­one plan­ning a youth party this hol­i­day sea­son to en­sure that there is ad­e­quate adult su­per­vi­sion and to work through the check­list in the Party Safe in­for­ma­tion,’’ Mr Stan­ley said.

North­ern Re­gion Crime Pre­ven­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Se­nior Sergeant Kel Clarke said there was al­ways a chance trou­ble could erupt at a party, par­tic­u­larly if al­co­hol was in­volved.

Sen-Sgt Clarke said party hosts were re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

He said sev­eral steps could be taken to en­sure a safe party at­mos­phere was pro­vided: • Make en­trance to the party by in­vi­ta­tion only. • Don’t spread in­vi­ta­tions via the In­ter­net, SMS or word of mouth. • Clearly state on the in­vi­ta­tion if the party is no al­co­hol per­mit­ted, BYO or al­co­hol sup­plied. • Plan for ad­e­quate food and low and non­al­co­holic drinks to be avail­able for guests • Con­sider us­ing a private se­cu­rity guard for your party.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about how to party safe, con­tact your lo­cal po­lice sta­tion or visit the QPS web­site at www.po­lice.qld.

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