Police with tasers called to a 14th birthday party

Terrible night – Sue Sutheran, shows bruising on her arm ahe got after she tussled with some of the youngsters

Terrible night – Sue Sutheran, shows bruising on her arm ahe got after she tussled with some of the youngsters

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POLICE armed with tasers were called to a Southend estate after knife-wielding teenagers caused chaos at a 14th birthday party.

Officers swarmed on to the Woodgrange Estate to control 40 teenagers who had run amok after tensions bubbled over at a birthday party for Keeley Lee, at Windmill Steps.

Shocked residents summoned help after youngsters at the party torched a balcony, kicked in a neighbour’s front door, and made threats to kill each other.

Keeley’s mother, Sue Sutheran, 46, was present at the party and confronted the teenagers when she realised her purse had been stolen.

She said: “I told them no one was leaving until everyone had been searched. That’s when they started kicking off.

“My daughter was screaming because I ended up in the street surrounded by these people who had nicked my carving knives.”

As the trouble brewed, messages started to fly on social networking site Facebook, drawing more teenagers to the area.

Mrs Sutheran claimed she was thrown down some stairs and her 16-year-old daughter, Paige, punched in the ribs during the ensuing fight.

The family also had jewellery stolen as well as £60, which was meant as a wedding fund for her son, Shane Sutheran, 23, and his fiancee.

Even some baby photographs went missing from a purse. They have also had to have the locks changed as a set of keys went missing, Mrs Sutheran said: “My neighbour’s door was kicked clean off it’s hinges. I’ve got bruises on my arms and my daughter, Paige, has a swollen side and swollen hand.

“One of them even squared up to my future daughter-in-law’s face and said he was going to post her body parts to her boyfriend.”

Police said they had initially been called at about 9.30pm, on Friday, by a concerned neighbour who thought a party was getting out of hand.

As they were en route, they were told things had calmed down and they were not needed.

Just after midnight, they began to receive a flurry of calls and sent at least five patrol cars backed by a taser unit.

Insp Matt Bennett, of Southend police, said they were trying to get to the bottom of what happened.

He said: “We did attend and as a result there are numerous enquiries to follow up, that will be quite time consuming.

“Nevertheless, we will get to the bottom of what happened and deal appropriately with our findings.”

An Essex Police spokeswoman added: “Essex Police is examining the force’s initial response to this incident to make sure no early opportunities were missed.”

Officers managed to disperse the group, but will now be taking statements and viewing CCTV, before arrests are made.

Anyone with information should call Southend police on 101.

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8:13am Wed 13 Jun 12

Blind Haze says...

Looks like Sue got off quite lightly - if she got away with only bruises from tackling teenagers with knives then she's very lucky.
Looks like Sue got off quite lightly - if she got away with only bruises from tackling teenagers with knives then she's very lucky. Blind Haze
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8:15am Wed 13 Jun 12

Blind Haze says...

Also, it puts the story about the birthday celebrations at Partyman in the shade...
Also, it puts the story about the birthday celebrations at Partyman in the shade... Blind Haze
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11:23am Wed 13 Jun 12

APR says...

I should imagine that alcohol was involved somewhere along the line.
I should imagine that alcohol was involved somewhere along the line. APR
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12:33pm Wed 13 Jun 12

emcee says...

Quote: "Officers managed to disperse the group, but will now be taking statements and viewing CCTV, before arrests are made."
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So arrests were not made at the scene? The police had reasonable grounds to arrest the group on suspicion, surely.
Still, lets look on the bright side, the estate will soon be policed by private security so everything will be alright and the "real" police need not be called again.
Quote: "Officers managed to disperse the group, but will now be taking statements and viewing CCTV, before arrests are made." - So arrests were not made at the scene? The police had reasonable grounds to arrest the group on suspicion, surely. Still, lets look on the bright side, the estate will soon be policed by private security so everything will be alright and the "real" police need not be called again. emcee
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1:01pm Wed 13 Jun 12

R85 says...

A taser unit – OMG – WTF!? This countries police force is such a joke that they have specialised taser units! They shouldn’t even have specialised gun units – every cop should have a gun – and now I find out not every police officer has a taser! Check out Youtube – theres plenty of vids of 30 odd UK police officers against 1 armed man (sometimes with a knife not even a gun)! What a complete joke – nobody should ever feel safe in this country! Not only can we not defend ourselves but the ones we entrust to protect us don’t have anything to protect us except but a big extendable stick!
They are the police – how can every last one of them not have a weapon or at the very very least a taser!
A taser unit – OMG – WTF!? This countries police force is such a joke that they have specialised taser units! They shouldn’t even have specialised gun units – every cop should have a gun – and now I find out not every police officer has a taser! Check out Youtube – theres plenty of vids of 30 odd UK police officers against 1 armed man (sometimes with a knife not even a gun)! What a complete joke – nobody should ever feel safe in this country! Not only can we not defend ourselves but the ones we entrust to protect us don’t have anything to protect us except but a big extendable stick! They are the police – how can every last one of them not have a weapon or at the very very least a taser! R85
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1:54pm Wed 13 Jun 12

All 9 of me says...

why is her arm so white and her face so orange ?
why is her arm so white and her face so orange ? All 9 of me
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2:23pm Wed 13 Jun 12

Jesslca says...

and even her other hand is orange? maybe her arm is one big bruise and this is why its so white compared to the rest of her!
and even her other hand is orange? maybe her arm is one big bruise and this is why its so white compared to the rest of her! Jesslca
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4:48pm Wed 13 Jun 12

mr_happy says...

I still cannot understand why we are so afraid of kids these days. It is about time we could give them a bl00dy good hiding again. It will only get worse whilst we let them get away with it. Foreget the soft aproach now and return some disipline. Bring back the cane, if that does not work, bring back the birch.
I still cannot understand why we are so afraid of kids these days. It is about time we could give them a bl00dy good hiding again. It will only get worse whilst we let them get away with it. Foreget the soft aproach now and return some disipline. Bring back the cane, if that does not work, bring back the birch. mr_happy
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5:19pm Wed 13 Jun 12

doasilikey says...

OK, we know where the tarts were. Where were the vicars?
OK, we know where the tarts were. Where were the vicars? doasilikey
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5:50pm Wed 13 Jun 12

Gina the weaner says...

APR wrote:
I should imagine that alcohol was involved somewhere along the line.
Yes and it might account for mum's jaundiced look (or that might just be a trick of the light).
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: I should imagine that alcohol was involved somewhere along the line.[/p][/quote]Yes and it might account for mum's jaundiced look (or that might just be a trick of the light). Gina the weaner
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7:20pm Fri 15 Jun 12

Ivanna Goodhump says...

She needs to get to the Gym. Her bingo wings are getting pronounced
She needs to get to the Gym. Her bingo wings are getting pronounced Ivanna Goodhump
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