Make sure your kids stay safe on the Coffs Coast tonight
POLICE commander Mark Holahan has sent an extra reminder to parents and carers in the Coffs Harbour area to make sure they know where their kids are tonight.
The boss of Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command has taken to Facebook to warn that police intend to block any attempt to hold an unauthorised party in the Sapphire area after invitations were forwarded by two young people aged 14 and 16.
More than 1500 young people sent an RSVP, prompting police to approach the children and their parents.
"It was not surprising that the parents were unaware of the intentions of the children and have taken the action of cancelling the Facebook accounts," Superintendent Holahan said.
"However, I am concerned the information is still out there and we may see a mass gathering of young people at this, or other locations, believing that this party is still going ahead.
"Recent events in Sydney have clearly shown us the dangers associated with these types of events and how quickly this information can be spread.
"Furthermore I know, and those who work with me know, the inherent dangers in having children attend these unsupervised events, where alcohol abuse, drug taking and predatory behaviour occurs.
"Do not kid yourself, we see this each and every weekend.
"I am asking you to be quite clear where your child will be this Saturday night.
"Be aware they will be subject to peer pressure by their friends to attend this event and be very aware they may be exposed to risks that you do not know about.
"Police will be acting to deter this event from occurring.
"I ask all residents to be vigilant and report to police any large gatherings of young people in other areas of the Command as early as possible.
"Please do not be the parent or care-giver we are required to contact this weekend."
Report any trouble to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.