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Police warning to organisers of 'Pop-up Parties'

09 Feb 2018 19:30 PM

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Organisers of 'Pop-Up Parties' are being warned by police they could be breaking the law - and officers will not hesitate to shut them down.

And as teenagers break up for half-term, they are also warning those attending the parties that they could be putting themselves in a vulnerable position.

In recent weeks, police in Newcastle have received intelligence about an emerging trend in the city that sees accommodation rented for one night only.

Apartments or houses are rented through the internet and a party organised which is advertised hours before on social media.

Many of those attending are teenage schoolchildren and when they arrive at the parties there is the potential for them to access alcohol and drugs.

The majority of those organising the parties are understood to be teenagers themselves.

A number of the parties have already been shut down by police and now officers are warning organisers that they could face arrest.

Newcastle city centre Chief Inspector Dave Pickett said: "In recent years the emergence of new websites have made it easier than ever before to rent out accommodation and this can be a cheap and easy way to enjoy a night in a brilliant city like Newcastle.

“However, this new trend of using short term rental properties for 'Pop-Up Parties' causes us concern.

“We have identified parties being held in unsuitable premises with overcrowding and associated safety risks along with drug use, disorder, damage to premises and underage teenagers consuming alcohol.

"Young people could be putting themselves in a vulnerable position and it is important we act quickly so we can put safeguarding measures in place.

"Officers have already visited schools to speak to pupils and we would encourage parents to pass on our advice to their children and make sure they know their whereabouts.

“We are also appealing to landlords, hoteliers and those offering premises for short term let to be aware of the risk that their premises could be used for such a party.

"Ultimately, we want to ensure that our young people can enjoy themselves safely in our city."

Anyone with information about parties of this nature is urged to contact police on 101 or online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact