Officer in charge of the Gympie police district, Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves, warned parents to be mindful of their children organising parties and letting information about the party get on to Facebook.
Officer in charge of the Gympie police district, Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves, warned parents to be mindful of their children organising parties and letting information about the party get on to Facebook. Renee Pilcher

Gympie teen stabbed during out of control party

A GYMPIE teenager was treated for multiple stab wounds on Saturday night after a party in Duke St spiralled out of control.

Another teen will face Gympie Magistrates Court over the stabbing, which occurred just before midnight and left a 17-year-old male with puncture wounds to his arm, chest and back.

About 150 people aged between 15 and 30 are believed to have attended the party, which was organised while the owner/parents of the house were away from home for the night, Gympie police said yesterday.

They said under-age drinking, drugs and the arrival of gate-crashers contributed to the party spinning out of control and triggered a serious brawl involving 20-30 people that spilled from the house out on to the street.

Terrified teens also hid in rooms of the house, which suffered extensive damage during the party, while other people tried to kick in the doors.

Officer in charge of the Gympie police district, Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves, yesterday warned parents to be mindful of their children organising parties and letting information about the party get on to Facebook.

He said parents should register their parties with police through the Party Safe program.

This does not mean police will show up and spoil the party; but they will drive past or phone to check it is proceeding safely.

It took three police units "a great deal of time" to shut the party down and disperse the crowd on Saturday night.

Two liquor infringement notices were issued, one juvenile was cautioned and more charges will most likely be laid in the coming days.

A party-goer who left the house well before midnight said about 400 people had been invited but only 150 turned up.

"I just knew something was going to happen," the witness said.

Police had attended the party earlier in the evening - about 8.30pm - but were then called back when the fighting broke out.

They were notified by Gympie Hospital of a young man presenting with stab wounds.

Nobody is sure what he was stabbed with but it was most likely a piece of glass.

 

How to avoid this happening to you

Register your party at least two weeks before the event and police will be able to supply you with Party Safe wristbands and other information well in time for the party.

The Party Safe wristbands help make identification of invited guests easier and the Party Safe poster helps you let everyone know your party has been registered with local police.

Avoid using the Internet, SMS, e-mail distribution lists, online notice boards, social networking sites or word of mouth to advertise your party. If word of the party has spread you may need to take extra preventative measures such as changing your venue, organising more adult supervision or hiring security guards

Let your neighbours know about your party in advance as this may reduce concerns about parking or noise later. Give them your contact details so that they can contact you directly with any concerns on the night, rather than the police.

Visit police.qld.gov.au/programs or your local police station to register and for more information on Party Safe.

Gympie Times


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