Eight teenagers left with "horrific injuries" after gang of gatecrashers burst into girl"s 16th birthday party wielding crowbars


Eight teenagers left with 'horrific injuries' after gang of gatecrashers burst into girl's 16th birthday party wielding crowbarsParty-goers had to take shelter in a nearby pub to escape the violence
The gatecrashers smashed windows and cars in Maesbrook, ShropshireTeenagers were also attacked with crowbars and broken bottlesA 17-year-old has been arrested and West Mercia Police said they have not ruled out further arrests

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20:21 GMT, 18 December 2012

Teenagers suffered 'horrific injuries' at a 16th birthday party when they were attacked by a group of gatecrashers wielding crowbars.

Eight party-goers had to be taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after the party in Maesbrook, Shropshire, was raided.

A police riot van, seven patrol cars and three ambulances were called to the sleepy village when the party erupted in violence.

Eight teenagers were taken to The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital following the attack

Eight teenagers were taken to The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital following the attack with non-life threatening injuries

Several youngsters took shelter in a
local pub while raiders smashed the girl's windows and attacked guests
with crowbars and broken bottles on Friday night.

Phil Bewley, landlord of the nearby Black
Horse pub, helped dozens of teenagers escape the violence.

He said: 'Someone could have easily died. It's lucky someone didn't get seriously, seriously hurt.

'One lad was hit by a car as he
tried to run away, one was hit over the head by a crowbar, one was hit
over the head with a bottle.

'There were six or seven police cars here, a couple of ambulances, a riot van, all down the road.

'Pretty crazy for Maesbrook. It's not the family's fault. What should have been a quiet party with a few friends just escalated.'

Support: Phil Bewley, landlord of the nearby Black Horse pub, helped dozens of teenagers escape the violence

Support: Phil Bewley, landlord of the nearby Black Horse pub, helped dozens of teenagers escape the violence

It is not believed the birthday girl's parents were at home at the time of the party.

Police said a large group of uninvited 16 to 18-year-olds were involved and West Mercia Police are now investigating incidents of assault and criminal damage to the girl's house and two cars.

A 17-year-old youth was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Sean Fogarty, a parent of one of the party-goers, said: 'A much older group of youths, up to 20 years old, burst into the house with crowbars.

Witnesses said seven West Mercia Police patrol cars and a riot van were called to the party (file picture)

Witnesses said seven West Mercia Police patrol cars and a riot van were called to the party (file picture)

'The youngsters just got horrific injuries. My daughter's boyfriend needed seven stitches, another child is temporarily deaf after being clouted with a bottle.

'All of them are traumatised and distraught.'

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances and a rapid response car to the scene just after 10.30pm.

A spokesperson said: 'In addition to the patients taken to hospital by ambulance, two more were treated at the scene and another was taken to hospital by a friend.'

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: 'The disorder arose after a number of uninvited people arrived. As a result, police are investigating incidents of assault and criminal damage to two cars and to a house.

'West Mercia Police are continuing to investigate and have not ruled out further arrests.'