Drunken teens pelt police at Kingscliff rave


SEVERAL hundred teenagers ran riot through the streets of Kingscliff on%Saturday night after an illegal rave party was broken up by police.

Police from Kingscliff were called to South Cudgen Creek Reserve just before 8.30pm after a number of residents complained about noise coming from the bushland.

Upon arrival at the reserve, across the creek from houses in Moss Street, police noticed more than 350 teens mostly affected by alcohol. A large amount of vehicles were also noticed in car parks at the reserve entrance.

When police entered the illegal rave they spoke with the disc jockey (DJ) and were informed the DJ did not have a council permit for the party.

The police asked that the music be switched off and issued the DJ with a 72-hour noise abatement notice.

As police only one car from Kings-%cliff initially attended tried to break up the party, they were pelted with%bottles and rubbish.

Two more police cars from Tweed Heads Police Station attended.

Police spent two hours from 8.30pm to 10.30pm dispersing the crowd and say they were "disgusted by the behaviour of the youths".

Officers continued to receive a number of complaints from Kingscliff residents of "hoodlum behaviour" as the partygoers made their way through residential streets, some in the early morning hours.

It is also understood police noticed partygoers with a number of injuries including bleeding, possible broken noses and lacerations. Paramedics attended the scene but it is understood no partygoers were treated.

"Their behaviour was appalling," Sgt Brad Lewis said. "The behaviour and language towards police was disgusting."

The rave was allegedly organised for a 16-year-old's birthday party, but police could not identify who the birthday girl or boy was.

The illegal rave echoes another large party at Pottsville late last year when police were seriously outnumbered by drunken louts. Shortly after, local police officers came forward saying they felt their lives were in danger due to a shortfall in police manpower and resources.

Last week, the Tweed Heads Police Association slammed the NSW government for not upholding their promise for more police, saying the Tweed was "stiffed" after receiving no recruits from the recent NSW Police College graduation.

No-one has been charged in relation to the illegal rave, but police are urging anyone who may have information to contact Kingscliff Police on (02)6674 9399 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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