Police have charged a youth after an informal party at Lismore’s baseball fields on Keen Street saw ‘a large number of intoxicated juveniles… make their way to Magellan Street where they engaged in an argument with a home owner’ in the late hours of Friday night.
But residents of Girards Hill say up to ‘200 drunk teens’ attended the party and that about six boys and a girl smashed up cars in their neighbourhood after it broke up.
Police allege that youths started entering the Magellan Street property, throwing rocks at the house and a car parked in the yard in an incident that was captured on CCTV.
The kids ran off when police arrived, although one returned a short time later and was detained before being taken home to a parent.
On Sunday police arrested the juvenile again, charging hime with entering enclosed lands and affray. He was released on strict conditional bail and will appear at Lismore Childrens Court in May.
Smashing sounds, voices yelling
But Girards Hill residents say the problem was much bigger and more widespread than police are claiming.
On Saturday one resident, Denise, took to the Humans of Lismore Facebook page to express her horror and dismay.
‘At 1.30 this morning I was woken by smashing sounds and voices yelling down my street. They got to my house and a guy said, “I’m just going to piss on this car, actually I’m gonna take the Mini out”,’ she wrote.
‘I then heard the smashing of glass and laughter. I dialled Triple 0 and the police came quickly. My neighbour Nick had the rear window of his van smashed as did my other neighbour on the corner.
‘They ran down Dawson Street and the police found them, talked to them but without footage they let them go.
‘The [kids] walked back up my street and started an aggressive conversation with me until Nick came along.
‘A group of about six boys and one girl to try and break into cars around James and Keen Street with car alarms going off.
‘The last we of saw them was heading back up James Street toward Cathcart Street,’ she wrote.
Beating each other’s brains out
Denise said what residents didn’t discover until afterwards was that ‘there was a party at the Baseball Fields where around 200 drunk teens were destroying property, throwing bikes at cars and beating each other’s brains out’.
‘Witnesses said people were kicking people in the head while they were on the ground and jumping on cars. Police and ambulances were supposedly everywhere. There were people hospitalised with serious injuries,’ Denise wrote.
‘I haven’t heard any more news but there was a forensic van seen in Keen Street today. Witnesses said that people who came out of their homes last night to stop the violence were attacked.
‘These cowards hung around causing grief till 4am.
Denise said she had lived in her home in Girards Hill for 18 years and felt happy and safe till now.
‘I feel so angry and so vulnerable today. Our cars are going to cost us as my excess was so high. We all work hard and nothing we have is handed to us on a platter. To have these guys so brazenly destroy our property and laugh in the process is unbelievable and so gutless,’ she wrote.