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Rental vandals strike again: Police cars smashed as party at rented property gets out of control 

A rental property has sustained thousands of dollars in damage and four police vehicles have been smashed after officers arrived to shut down an out-of-control party in Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The party, held at a property in North Melbourne, was an online rental booked under a false name and bears striking similarities to a spate of recent wild parties throughout the city.

Police arrived at the 17 Shands Lane address at about 2am in response to noise complaints and were pelted with rubbish and other objects, including damage to four police cars at the scene.  

Four police cars and a rental property have been smashed and damaged after police arrived at an out-of-control party in North Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday morning

No arrests have been made and witnesses are continuing the be questioned by police. Police are speaking to the owners of the property and investigating the details of the person who made the rental booking

No arrests have been made and witnesses are continuing the be questioned by police. Police are speaking to the owners of the property and investigating the details of the person who made the rental booking

‘It’s outrageous. It’s criminal behaviour and we won’t tolerate it,’ Senior Sergeant Adam Tanner told the media on Sunday. 

The party guests have been described as being of African appearance, Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia.  

Around 50 youths were found at the party and were asked to leave but police discovered ‘significant damage’ had been made to the property.

Numerous items were recorded as stolen such as TV and microwave and walls that had been ‘punched or kicked in’, Sergeant Tanner explained.

Around 50 youths were found at the party and were asked to leave but police discovered 'significant damage' had been made to the property including stolen items such as TV and microwave

Around 50 youths were found at the party and were asked to leave but police discovered ‘significant damage’ had been made to the property including stolen items such as TV and microwave

‘The group dispersed but then began throwing objects at police from a nearby laneway,’ leading Senior Constable Lee Thomson said. 

Police took cover for safety and later found their patrol cars had been significantly damaged with smashed windscreens, some side mirrors kicked off and panels dented. 

Neighbours described waking to the sounds of banging and shouting, abusive language and youths jumping and running across police cars.  

‘They were running down the street and jumping on the cars,’ a father of two and resident of the area told the Herald Sun. 

Neighbours described waking to the sounds of banging and shouting, abusive language and youths jumping and running across police cars. 'They were running down the street and jumping on the cars,' a father of two and resident of the area told the Herald Sun

Neighbours described waking to the sounds of banging and shouting, abusive language and youths jumping and running across police cars. ‘They were running down the street and jumping on the cars,’ a father of two and resident of the area told the Herald Sun

Another resident Meg Moorhouse said the party-goers became violent quickly, loitering in the alleyway and using ‘abusive language’ toward police. 

‘It was aggressive,’ she told the Herald Sun.

‘They were drinking in the alley. They left broken bottles and were yelling.’ 

The youths reportedly did not leave the street until about 8am, and it’s the second out-of-control party to have been hosted at the property over the past fortnight, according to neighbours.  

The $460 per night four-star North Melbourne rental home was listed on multiple rental sites but the ‘strict house rules’ include ‘no parties’ and noise levels needing to ‘be kept at an appropriate level at all times’.    

The party, held at a property in North Melbourne, was an Airbnb rental booked under a false name and bears striking similarities to a spate of recent wild parties throughout Melbourne

The party, held at a property in North Melbourne, was an Airbnb rental booked under a false name and bears striking similarities to a spate of recent wild parties throughout Melbourne

The $460 per night four-star North Melbourne rental home was listed on multiple rental sites but the 'strict house rules' include 'no parties'

The $460 per night four-star North Melbourne rental home was listed on multiple rental sites but the ‘strict house rules’ include ‘no parties’

Police arrived at the 17 Shands Lane address at about 2am in response to noise complaints and were pelted with rubbish and other objects, including damage to four police cars at the scene

Police arrived at the 17 Shands Lane address at about 2am in response to noise complaints and were pelted with rubbish and other objects, including damage to four police cars at the scene

No arrests have been made and witnesses are continuing the be questioned by police. 

Police are speaking to the owners of the property and investigating the details of the person who made the rental booking. 

The police vehicles are also being processed by crime scene services and distinctive footprints have been recorded from the scene. 

Piles of rubbish and broken glass can still be seen outside the property and a locksmith was seen changing the locks.  

 

 

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