Facebook party: Hertfordshire man admits public nuisance

Facebook homepage The party was advertised on Facebook and Twitter

A man who advertised a 21st birthday party on Facebook and Twitter has been criticised for ignoring police concerns.

Oliver Boorman held the party, which was attended by 1,000 revellers, at his home in Tewin, Hertfordshire, on 29 September while his parents were away.

At St Albans Magistrates' Court, he admitted causing a public nuisance.

Hertfordshire Police said the party caused "significant disruption" to operations.

Officers were called to the home in Berricot Green after neighbours complained about noise.

Boorman was given a 12-month community order, an eight-week curfew order from 20:00 to 06:00 GMT and was ordered to pay £500 compensation to Hertfordshire Constabulary, as well as £85 prosecution costs.

Deterrent hope

On the night of the party, officers were forced to close a nearby busy B-road over concerns for people's safety and revellers were also seen spilling on to Panshanger Aerodrome, a police spokeswoman said.

Ch Insp Dave Wheatley, of Hertfordshire Police, said: "Although large numbers of people confirmed their attendance before the event, Boorman made no attempt to cancel the party, despite concerns raised by local officers.

"Throughout the evening we had to draft in officers from areas as far as Watford to deal with crimes, such as damaged vehicles and thefts, as well as anti-social behaviour, and this caused significant disruption to operational policing in the county.

"We felt it right to pursue a charge of public nuisance and I am pleased Boorman acknowledged his wrong-doing and pleaded guilty.

"I hope this sentence acts as a deterrent to anyone else looking to organise such a large gathering without putting in place proper measures."

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