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House trashed by internet gatecrashers

PUBLISHED: 15:59 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 25 August 2010

HUNDREDS of gatecrashers trashed a home after a teenage girl posted details of a party on a social networking site

HUNDREDS of gatecrashers "trashed" a home after a teenage girl posted details of a party on a social networking site.

Scores of uninvited guests turned up at 16-year-old Joanna Zell's party, last Thursday, in Southborough Road, Bickley, to wreak havoc by smashing windows, taking drugs and having sex and egg fights in the property owned by Greenwich University lecturer Dr Michael Zell.

Joanna's parents were on holiday in Vienna and only learnt of the devastation to their family home on their return on Friday.

Her mother told reporters: "Joanna said she wouldn't have a party but she did. She invited 50 classmates but 150 people turned up. There was some sort of gang that had nothing to do with anybody else. I'm sure it was great fun but rather hard to clean up afterwards."

Neighbour Sarah Murphy, 42, of Hawthorne Road, said: "It was really noisy, there were a lot of people. They were drinking and I believe they caused quite a mess. It's pretty quiet around here so something like that is hard to miss. Hopefully the girl has learnt a lesson."

Miss Zell called the police herself after realising the party was getting out of control. Thieves ransacked her and her parent's belongings, stealing cash and jewellery while carpets were ruined by cigarette burns and the front garden became a sea of debris.

Mother Clare McKevitt, 32, said: It's a bit silly to put the address of a party on the internet, you never know who will turn up. I bet her parents are really annoyed. It's typical teenage behaviour to throw a party when your parents go away. This just got out of hand, it's every parent's worst nightmare but luckily it didn't get too nasty."

Engineer Frank Jeffries, 57, of St George's Road, said: "My son had a party when we went away one time but it wasn't quite as crazy as this one. The poor parents must be feeling a little embarrassed."

A spokesperson for Bromley police said: "Most of the group dispersed when police arrived, but there was substantial damage to the house where the party had been held."

Two youths, aged 16 and 15 were arrested on public order offences and have been bailed to return to Bromley police station on December 1.

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