Facebook flash mob goes AWOL

This story just had everything: social networking, police, anti-banks, riots, drink, drugs, parties you name it it’s all there. Quite a few papers ran it at the end of the week — — the version I’ve chosen is from the Telegraph

A Facebook-organised party at a squat in a Park Lane town house was broken up by police after hundreds of youths caused havoc in the streets around the £10 million property.
Riot police dispersed crowds in the streets and cleared the building after partygoers pelted them with bottles and bricks from the roof and balcony.

Officers had been summoned to the party, allegedly organised by two teenagers from London, at 11pm after a wave of complaints from terrified neighbours.

Two members of the public were thought to have been injured as the partygoers jumped on cars, threw fire extinguishers and plant pots from windows and drew graffiti before the chaos subsided in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The property was bought for £10m in 2007 by Fairhall No 2, a Jersey-based business, but neighbours said it had become occupied by squatters over the past week.

The party started at about 9pm and residents said that within two hours the streets were packed with youths climbing through the windows, jumping on top of cars, drinking and shouting.

One neighbour, Cheryl Yeow, said: “When I came home it looked like a riot. I was terrified. I went into my building and found three guys inside. I came back outside because I thought I would be safer in the crowd.”

Sixth form student Oliver Fox, 18, and Neil Fraser, 19, who reportedly organised the party, said they “did not plan that many people” but that things “got out of hand” after police arrived.

A police spokesman said: “People were been seen climbing on to the roof and police were concerned that the roof and structure of the building was unsafe.

“Police attended but were unable to access the building after some of the people inside and on the roof threw missiles, bricks and bottles at them. Police used old style loud hailers to ensure people inside understood they needed to leave the building and the area for their own safety.”

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