Woman who organised illegal house party says ‘it got out of hand’ after 200 showed up

Woman who organised illegal house party says 'it got out of hand' after 200 showed up

A woman who threw an illegal lockdown party that was attended by 200 people said the gathering got “out of hand” after a court banned anyone from entering her home.

Charlene Proham claims she only invited 20 people to the bash in a gazebo at her home in Gorton, Manchester, which resulted in police officers being pelted with missiles.

The 27-year-old has been slapped with a £100 fine and is prohibited from having any guests for three months following the party on August 15.

The closure order was handed down by a district judge at Manchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday, with Proham warned any breach could see her sent to prison.

Charlene Proham has admitted the party got ‘out of hand’

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, she said her home was “trashed” and “things got taken” during the party.

“Obviously I am sorry but it really was out of my hands, I never planned for that many people to show up.

“The police came and said we had an hour to close the party down. They said people were throwing missiles but they weren’t.

The party saw 200 people turn up

The bash was held inside a gazebo

“Police came back after an hour and by that point the party was all wrapped up.”

Asked about the closure order, Proham told yesterday’s hearing she looks after her mum who has dementia and lives in Hulme – around four miles away. 

District Judge Mark Hadfield told the defendant she would have to go visit her mum “rather than making her come all that way to your home”.

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Judge Hadfield said the party had caused “serious nuisance” to members of the public, including neighbours, as well as “serious disorder as there was an incident outside”.

He added that he felt no need to punish Proham any further and hoped there would be “no further problems of this nature”.

Asked by the Evening News about the order she said “it’s difficult”, adding: “I don’t think it’s fair that I have been fined when you see parties like this happening all the time.

“But obviously it was my house and I do take responsibility for that.”

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