Police called to tackle large scale public disorder in Ryde and Newport

By David Newble

Saturday, February 23, 2013


POLICE on the Isle of Wight are quizzing a number of people after large scale public disorder broke out following a party in Ryde advertised on social media.

Police put on extra patrols on Saturday evening following the disorder which broke out Friday night at a party in Ryde and continued on buses in Newport. 

Officers were first called to an address in Ryde following reports about a party and escorted a large number of people away from the address and on to buses.

However, further disorder took place on the buses and more officers were drafted into Newport to resolve the situation.

Eight people aged between 14 and 24 were arrested by officers, with three of the eight arrested for assaulting police. The officers were not seriously injured and remained on duty.

Sgt Michael Hughes, from the Newport Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This large scale disorder was as a result of a party being advertised on social media. It got out of hand and police had to be called in.

"We then had to use significant resources to deal robustly with further issues in Newport.

"I'd like to reassure the public that we will also be deploying extra patrols this evening. We will not tolerate any repeat of this behaviour."  

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk 

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