Copthorne; Police Called To Party

10 June 2013, 11:05 | Updated: 10 June 2013, 11:28

Facebook was used to advertise a private party at a secluded house in Copthorne, Surrey.

The invite was seen by scores of people and in the end the event was overrun with party goers.

Police cars, dog handlers and a helicopter were called to a large-scale disturbance at the location.

Neighbours had been worried the celebrations were getting out of hand and there were reports of a 'tremendous noise' being heard.

Bottles were thrown as officers dispersed the crowd and several police cars were damaged.

A female officer also had to be treated after she injured her hand. Three arrests were made.

A young man claiming to be the party's organiser said: 'I probably invited too many people.'

Surrey Police Inspector Paul Grove added: 'Officers were called to the scene after a party got out of hand and more people than anticipated turned up.'

Several units from Surrey Police assisted by the National Police Air Support unit (NPAS) were deployed to a private property on Herons Place in Copthorne following a report of a large scale disturbance at the location.

Officers were called to the scene around 10pm on Saturday, 8 June after it is believed a party at the location got out of hand and more people than anticipated turned up.

Uniformed response officers and the dog unit dispersed the crowd but were met with some opposition and several missiles, believed to be mainly bottles, have been thrown at those responding to the incident.
Several police response cars were also damaged during the incident.

Inspector Paul Grove, said: "This incident demonstrates the dangers which police officers face on a daily basis and a full investigation will now follow to find those responsible for the disturbance in a bid to bring them to justice.

"Surrey Police will not tolerate such violent behaviour against officers and members of the public and thankfully no-one was seriously injured.

"I would urge anyone who has information on this incident to contact officers and any information passed to us will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

Local officers from the Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team will carry out reassurance visits in the area over the coming days and will work closely with detectives as part of the investigation.