Police investigate out-of-control party at Lake Macquarie

A 17-year-old girl was knocked unconscious and police attacked with glass bottles after several brawls erupted at an out-of-control house party in the Lake Macquarie area last night.

About 10pm (Saturday 28 December 2019), officers from Lake Macquarie Police District attended Rhodes Street, Blackalls Park, after reports a large house party was out of control and spilling onto the street.

When police arrived, there were more than 150 people on the street who then threw glass bottles and other items at the officers and their vehicles.

Additional police resources responded after numerous people started fighting, which resulted in a 17-year-old girl being knocked unconscious.

The girl was later taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to John Hunter Hospital, where she remains in a stable condition.

The group continued to brawl, and police deployed OC spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd.

Further officers from Newcastle City Police District, the Dog Unit and Operations Support Group also attended to assist and move the large group along.

During the operation, five people were arrested and will be charged with offences including hinder police, resist arrest, offensive behaviour, possess prohibited drug, possess knife and trespass.

It will be alleged that a 23-year-old Teralba man physically interfered while a Sergeant was dealing with another man, and violently resisted other police who came to assist.

A Police Dog also assisted with restraining the man, who is currently being treated in hospital for a dog bite to his left calf.

Investigations into the incident, including the assault of the 17-year-old girl, are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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