Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man 'hit police with can' at Farnborough Facebook party

A man threw a can of beer at police during a fight between 200 "drunken teenagers" who gatecrashed a party advertised on Facebook, a court heard.

A large number of officers were called to a house in Chapel Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, after the event got out of control on 18 July last year.

Ashley Pemberton, 19, of Farnborough, was filmed from a police helicopter throwing the can, the court heard.

He denies affray and using a can of beer as an offensive weapon.

The party was organised by friends Jordan Wright, 17, and Seva Nurueva, 15, who had arranged it with permission from their parents.

However, Jordan had promoted the event on Facebook, on which he had about 500 friends, leading to about 200 people turning up.

Jeremy Wright, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court the party started out orderly but when more and more people turned up, Jordan's mother, Sherry Wright, had difficulty coping with the influx and fighting broke out in the street.

He said: "The police tried to shepherd people away but they were dealing, unfortunately, with a lot of drunken teenagers.

'Urinated in garden'

"The drunken teenagers became very excited and very aerated, they were really behaving very badly.

"They didn't really want to go and they were giving trouble all around, they were unfortunately giving trouble to the police who were trying to break things up."

The jury was shown footage captured from the helicopter which showed the violence in the street including a youth, which the prosecution said was Mr Pemberton, throwing a beer can.

Mr Pemberton, of Fairfax Road, was arrested as he urinated in a garden at about 0100 BST, the court heard.

He denies that he was the person who threw the can of beer.

The trial continues.

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