Hall brawl ruins Hastings party

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A GIRL’S 18th birthday party at Hastings Community Hall, Saturday night 26 May, was ruined by a wild brawl among guests.

Police used capsicum spray to disperse the brawlers after a fight broke out in the toilets and spread into the main hall where 150 guests were assembled. It then spilled outside, 10.30pm.

Detective Senior Sergeant Alan Paxton, of Mornington Peninsula CIU, said the front door and some windows in the hall, in High Street, were damaged in the brawl involving “numerous youths” swinging punches and wrestling on the floor.

Later reports said police car windows were smashed and the hall’s walls spray painted.

One youth’s nose was broken in the melee.

Detective Paxton said there were no arrests “at this stage” and that he was pleased no police had been injured bringing the brawl under control.

First published in the Western Port News – 29 May 2018

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