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England: Police Break Up 30th Birthday Party

Andrew Poole advertised to his friends (all 15 of them) an all night 30th birthday party on Facebook. Police stormed the party at the ungodly hour of 4pm (before the music was turned on) in a raid on what they believed would be an all night rave.

Four cars, a riot van and helicopter swooped in and broke up what amounted to a birthday barbecue. The 15 attendees had just started eating when police in camo riot gear showed up to break up the party.

When questioned the police reported:

"On this occasion, we were extremely concerned how the event had been advertised on the internet as an all-night party and it was therefore necessary to take the appropriate steps."

Poole claims he advertised the party as an all night affair in case his friends wanted to spend the night.

Does this mean that private parties (no complaints were issued by neighbors) are now targets for police harassment? Does England have a right of free assembly?

One lesson you should take from this tale is the police are looking at your Facebook pages, and probably blogs and other online social outlets...

Hmm There's someone knocking very loudly at my door....

(Source: The Register)