Police warn parents about Sapphire beach party
COFFS Harbour police have warned parents about a beach party that's been extensively advertised on Facebook and planned to be held at Sapphire on Saturday night.
The warning from Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Mark Holahan comes after a 14 and 16-year-old forwarded invitations to friends on the social media site.
It is understood the open invitation quickly circulated and the party may have attracted thousands of teenagers.
"Upon being made aware police approached the children and their parents," Superintendent Holahan said.
"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 of their children and having them delete their Facebook accounts.
"However, I am concerned that 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."
Organised 'open house' parties have spiralled out of control in Sydney recently, and Supt. Holahan say they clearly show the dangers associated with these types of events and how quickly 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.
He said it's important parents are quite clear where their children are this Saturday night.
Police will conduct regular patrols of the area on the night.