Teen rampage alarms police
By LYNDAL GAWEN ? WHEN parents start using parties as a baby-sitting service it becomes a problem the whole Rockhampton community needs to address, Dis- trict Inspector Dale Weightman said yesterday.
Over the weekend Rockhampton police attended a number of out-of- control suburban backyard parties which involved hundreds of young people aged between 10 and 20.
On Saturday night police broke up a party at Blanchfield Street which grew from 100 invited people to 250.
When police arrived these party- goers then gatecrashed a second party in Thozet Road. Police also broke up a kids' party on Friday night that was under adult supervision but got out of hand.
In the process of breaking up the party Inspector Weightman said some of the kids called their mum and dad at the pub to tell them they could not stay at the party any more.
"Mum and dad had used the party as baby-sitters,'' Inspector Weight- man said.