Police vehicles damaged in riot

Police say a crowd of people became destructive as police attempted to break-up a party in Huntly. File photo.

Police were forced to don riot gear as they broke-up a street party in Huntly.

The host of a street party called police for help as more than 60 people spilled out onto the streets.

Detective Sergeant Dean Anderson says police were called by the party host and several neighbours between 11.45pm-12.30am to report disorder in Huntly on Sunday. 

“The party spilled into the street with people fighting and engaging in other antisocial behaviour such as smashing bottles and yelling.

“Two local police cars called for backup due to the agitated mood of the crowd and the risk they posed to themselves, police staff and members of the public.”

Dean says when other units arrived, the crowd became destructive, throwing a brick through a police car windscreen and a rock through a side window of a police van. 

“Police donned riot gear to clear the streets and were pelted with bricks and wood. Some police have minor bruising as a result of this. 

“The party was eventually cleared with six arrests made for failing to comply with police directions, breach of the peace and disorder.”

One youth was taken home by police.


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