Students admit to being 'ashamed and sorry' after 30 police officers called to break up Northampton house party

13 police cars lined the street to deal with the party.
13 police cars lined the street to deal with the party.

Thirty police officers were called to break up a student house party in Northampton

Thirteen police cars and a van were needed to stop the festivities at the terraced house after a neighbour complained of "the loudest bass I've ever heard."

"They spilt out of the house like ants. There must have been 40 people," said one neighbour.

"They spilt out of the house like ants. There must have been 40 people," said one neighbour.

"New students moved into the house in September," said Sandra Thornvall, a 42-year-old mother who lives next door to the house on Colwyn Road, The Mounts. "They behave how they like and do what they want."

Neighbours were first woken at 11pm on Friday night (February 10) to loud music coming from the house.

Charlotte Palmer, who lives opposite the students, said: "I've never heard bass playing so loud. You could hear it with the windows closed.

"My partner went over at one point to ask them to keep it down.

The students have been notified that if there is another disturbance they will be evicted.

The students have been notified that if there is another disturbance they will be evicted.

Mrs Thornvall said: "I thought the music would stop after they went out. But instead, it just got louder and louder, and more and more random people showed up.

"People were urinating up cars and houses. Doors kept slamming and people were shouting in the streets.

"My husband and I called 101 three times but they said they didn't have the units to deal with it."

Then, at around 2am, over a dozen police cars arrived on the terraced street to break up the disturbance.

Miss Palmer said: "About 13 police cars and a riot van all showed up. There must have been 30 police officers.

The party was shut down and the police ordered the revellers to move on.

"They spilled out of the house like ants," said Mrs Palmer. "There must have been 40 of them."

A Northamptonshire police spokeswoman said: "We received a number of calls regarding anti-social behaviour and nuisance on Colwyn Road, Northampton, in relation to a house party late on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

"Officers attended and dispersed those on the streets. No arrests were made."

Mrs Thornvall, who has five children living with her, said: "I don't think it will ever get better. I know we were all young once but they have no respect, no values and they just do not care.

"There are a lot of families and children in this area. And even if we didn't have kids, we are working adults and they are disturbing the peace."

Miss Palmer, who was up at 5am the next day to work, said; "It's awful how many police cars were called to break up one party. It's an embarrassment and a waste of taxpayer's money to use so many police for one incident."

Key Homes, who let out the property on Colwyn Road, said: "We've had a meeting with the five tenants at the property and told them if they set one foot out of line again they will face eviction.

"We have sent pictures of the police presence that night on to their guarantor to make them aware of the situation.

"[The students} all very ashamed and are very sorry. We will be inspecting them once a week to make sure nothing like this ever happens again."