Daughter apologises for house wreck party

A teenage girl was arrested last night following a house party which caused £20,000 of damage.

A teenage girl was arrested last night following a house party which caused £20,000 of damage.

Durham Police said a 17-year-old had been arrested yesterday on suspicion of causing criminal damage, "and other matters," following the Easter Monday bash.

The teenager was released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Earlier sixth form student Rachael Bell who organised the party at her family's four-bedroom detached home on the upmarket Woodstone Village estate in County Durham, apologised to her parents.

She is still in hiding and is too scared to meet them. The teenager claims the MySpace website she used to invite guests was hijacked by louts who invited all-comers to "trash the average sized family house".

And they did just that, leaving a trail of devastation and thousands of pounds worth of damage at the detached house in Chipchase Court, Woodstone Village, between Houghton-le-Spring and Chester-le-Street.

A convoy of police cars and vans were brought in to disperse the crowd in the early hours of Tuesday, after which 17-year-old Rachael fled her home to stay with a friend.

Still too ashamed to face her parents, she said: "I'm really, really sorry about what's happened.

"I totally regret it. It was just supposed to be a party with a few friends and it turned into a complete nightmare. I'm sorry mam." Her parents, Allan and Elaine Bell, both 48, say they are looking for temporary accommodation after drink and drug fuelled yobs trashed their home in a copy-cat party imitating the trailer for the cult Channel 4 teen drama Skins. Mrs Bell's wedding dress was urinated on and partygoers left behind buckets of vomit and stole cash and jewellery. Rachael, who is studying A-levels at Park View Comprehensive School in Chester-le-Street, claimed classmates hacked into her MySpace internet site and invited teenagers from across the country to an all-night party in the quiet suburban street.

She says a hacker took over her site and advertised Rachael's Easter Monday party to hundreds as an "Unofficial Skins Party" with the subtitle "Let's trash the average family-sized house disco party".

Neighbours said several police vehicles swept into the normally sleepy street but officers told them they could do little to tackle the yobs and would normally need a month to plan for an incident of that size.

Her parents were staying in a caravan at nearby Whitburn, South Tyneside, over the Easter weekend and had no idea her daughter had planned a party. They arrived home to devastation earlier than planned after a neighbour alerted them to the goings-on in Chipchase Court.

Rachael added: "I was going to tidy up after the party - I thought I had a couple of days to clean the house before my parents got back.

"Then the ex-neighbour came and told me my mam was on her way home and everyone had better clear out - and I left."

She added that she is planning on staying at her friend's house indefinitely and is dreading returning to school.

Rachael's distraught mother, a teacher whose last words to her daughter were "I don't want any kids or drink in the house," said it felt as if her house had been "raped" when she viewed the wanton damage.


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