Former councillor could face prosecution over Facebook party

Former councillor could face prosecution over Facebook party

Former councillor could face prosecution over Facebook party

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A FORMER councillor who allowed hundreds of youths into her home after her 14-year-old daughter’s party was advertised on Facebook could face prosecution for breaching the peace.

Esther Hine’s plight is making national headlines today after the Echo yesterday exclusively revealed how up to 800 people armed with cheap booze turned up and trashed her house in Pauline Gardens, Billericay, on Friday, December 7.

The bash was supposed to be for 30 close friends of her daughter Sarah Hine, 14, from the Anglo European School in Ingatestone.

The school has also confirmed it warned the Hines of the dangers of the bash being advertised online. Strangers from as far away as Hackney and Colchester turned up before graffiti was daubed on walls, furniture smashed and a piano thrown in the front garden.

Essex Police confirmed it was currently considering if it is in the public interest to prosecute for a breach of the peace and allowing underage drinking in her home.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “Police are working with the family and considering whether any offences have been committed and whether it is in the public interest to prosecute those responsible. Local officers are also in contact with residents of the street to establish a full picture of the events which took place.”

A spokesman for the Anglo European said: “We were saddened to hear about the damage caused to one of our pupil’s homes this weekend following a party which got out of control. We were aware that the party was being advertised on Facebook and advised the mother and daughter of the risks this posed.

We regularly speak with our students about the dangers of social media and while young people from across Essex attended the event we hope our students will learn lessons from this incident.

The school is supporting the family going forward and while we are not aware of a project to help clean up the home we understand how friends of the family may wish to show their support in this way.”

Mrs Hine has yet to decide if she also wishes to press charges in relation to the damage caused to her home.

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12:56pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Ironman says...

Half-wit, or what!
Half-wit, or what! Ironman
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1:28pm Fri 14 Dec 12

I-say-you-say says...

There is no excuse for this happening! It's not the first time a party has been over-run thanks to being publicly viewed on facebook, the school warned her and it clearly states when you set up the event whether you want it public, friends or invite only! Plus with the party originally only being for "30 close friends" what was the need to put it on Facebook? Could they not have been texted or asked in person or paper invites sent out?
They probably won't but I think the police should prosecute otherwise it sets the presidence that this is acceptable!
There is no excuse for this happening! It's not the first time a party has been over-run thanks to being publicly viewed on facebook, the school warned her and it clearly states when you set up the event whether you want it public, friends or invite only! Plus with the party originally only being for "30 close friends" what was the need to put it on Facebook? Could they not have been texted or asked in person or paper invites sent out? They probably won't but I think the police should prosecute otherwise it sets the presidence that this is acceptable! I-say-you-say
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2:15pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Nebs says...

A sad reflection on the way our justice system works. Advertise a party where uninvited hooligans turns up and smash up your home. You get prosecuted, the young hooligans get nothing.
A sad reflection on the way our justice system works. Advertise a party where uninvited hooligans turns up and smash up your home. You get prosecuted, the young hooligans get nothing. Nebs
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1:07am Sat 15 Dec 12

emcee says...

How can they prosecute for allowing underage drinking in her home?
http://www.drinkawar
e.co.uk/children-and
-alcohol/parents/the
-law
How can they prosecute for allowing underage drinking in her home? http://www.drinkawar e.co.uk/children-and -alcohol/parents/the -law emcee
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12:39pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

What is the point of that ?

She won't do that again!!!!
What is the point of that ? She won't do that again!!!! Brunning999
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12:35pm Mon 17 Dec 12

I-say-you-say says...

Brunning999 wrote:
What is the point of that ? She won't do that again!!!!
The point is that she shouldn't have done it in the first place.

The previous events that turned out the same as this one would have warned them of the dangers, the school warned them of the situation and thanks to their behaviour, it caused untold grief to the neighbours and waste of police time.

Let them get away with it, you let the next silly school child who publicly posts a party on facebook get a way with it and next time it could end up a lot worse.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: What is the point of that ? She won't do that again!!!![/p][/quote]The point is that she shouldn't have done it in the first place. The previous events that turned out the same as this one would have warned them of the dangers, the school warned them of the situation and thanks to their behaviour, it caused untold grief to the neighbours and waste of police time. Let them get away with it, you let the next silly school child who publicly posts a party on facebook get a way with it and next time it could end up a lot worse. I-say-you-say
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