UP to 60 young people were involved in an alcohol-fuelled brawl at the weekend that required all available police units to break up.
Police were called to the out-of-control underage party in Maiden Gully on Friday night.
Several units attended at the Maiden Gully Community Hall about 11pm after complaints from neighbours, who spoke of naked teens running the streets and general chaos.
They arrived to find more than 100 young people, most of whom were under the legal drinking age.
About 50 or 60 were involved in a fight and many fled when police arrived.
Bendigo police sergeant Steve Rainey said it was the second time in two weeks police had been called to control a party in the Maiden Gully area.
Sergeant Rainey said the party was a planned catered event that was gate-crashed by a number of youths. “There was no quality control over who was coming or going.
“Uninvited people rode on the coat-tails of others and there was clearly an issue of a lack of security and a lack of monitoring of who was drinking.”
He said details about the party, including who hired the hall, were still being investigated and fines could be issued.
Sergeant Rainey said irresponsible behaviour by party organisers and patrons would not be tolerated.
“It was a dangerous situation,’’ he said.
“All were affected by alcohol – they dispersed all over the place.
“It was near a busy road, it was dark and there was glass everywhere.”
Sergeant Rainey said he was angry that incidents such as this tied up police resources.
“It was an utter waste of police resources,’’ he said.
“It was a waste of our time to have to go and manage these kids.
“It puts the rest of Bendigo at risk.
“We have more important things to do than go and deal with children.”