Mother replies to party critics

A THABEBAN mum has hit back at claims she was irresponsible for inviting up to 200 teenagers to her son Dylan’s 16th birthday party.

Bundaberg police were out in force to help control the event on Saturday night, with extra officers rostered on in case the celebrations soured.

But mum Catz Leche said there was no need to have so many police on standby because she had the event under control.

She said her son had initially wanted 300 guests, but after trying to register with the Party Safe program, she was told that the number was too high.

After discussions with police on safety and appropriate behaviour, Miss Leche said she was provided with 200 wrist bands to identify invited teens.

“I knew he probably wouldn’t get 200 people anyway, but I thought it was better to ask for more,” she said.

She estimated about 140 teenagers were present, and claimed none was aged under 16.

Miss Leche said she did not expect such a heavy police presence, which included the road being cordoned off and officers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the dog squad patrolling the scene.

“They chose to bring all those police in. That was not my choice, and I don’t think it was necessary,” she said.

“There were no fights. No one was taken away in a police van.”

However, she did admit there were objects thrown on to the roofs of neighbouring homes.

“The adults would have been patrolling the other areas where the main bulk of the party was (when the items were being thrown),” she said.

While Miss Leche believes the police presence probably did help avert potential trouble, she said the seven adults at the party would have coped alone.

“They could have seen that we had the party under control and called up to tell the other police they weren’t needed,” she said.

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