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It's an invitation to violence - Coast parties on Facebook

SUNSHINE Coast teenagers posting details of open house parties on a new dedicated Facebook page are asking for trouble, a security expert has warned.

Sunshine Coast Parties has attracted more than 950 likes in less than a week.

Site administrators have been urging followers to write in with times and locations of open house parties anywhere on the Coast.

Details of at least one open home party, which was scheduled for last night at a Buddina address, has already been posted online.

The page was created over the weekend, which also saw a series of violent gatecrashing incidences throughout Australia.

Liam Knight was put into an induced coma after being rushed to a Sydney hospital in a critical condition after his skull was pierced with an iron bar early Saturday morning. A teenager has been charged.

In another incident, Sanjay Mahendran received 14 stitches to the face after being glassed with a bottle at his 18th birthday party on Saturday night.

Mark Ellis, former police officer and managing director of private party security firm Gatecrash Security, which operates on the Coast, called the administrators behind the Facebook page irresponsible.

"Anyone who posts open house details online is 100% asking for trouble," Mr Ellis said.

"I can almost guarantee there will be violence, assault and property damage."

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Police Service said the parties page was similar to Sunshine Coast Police Locations, which reports on RBT sites, speed camera locations and details of unmarked police cars, in that while they did not support it, there was nothing they could do legally.

"We have no grounds to have the pages removed if there is no criminal offence being committed," the spokeswoman said.

"All we can do is report the page to Facebook, who then determine whether or not it is in breach of their conditions of use."

Topics:  facebook, parties, violence



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