Monday, 2 February 2009


The first pictures have emerged from inside a massive party where 2,000 gatecrashers arrived after a Radio 1 DJ mentioned it on air.
Thousands of revellers descended on the country manor, smashing windows, ripping up carpets, destroying chandeliers and ripping doors off their hinges.
Grammar-school girl Sarah Ruscoe had invited fellow sixth-formers to the fancy-dress event at her 21-bedroom family home, and was said to be "inconsolable" when 2,000 gatecrashers arrived after Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong mentioned it on his programme.
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Chaos: The party-goers rip apart a sofa
Today Rebecca Brooks, Sarah's mother said that parties at the mansion for her three daughters - who are 24, 17 and 19 - would definitely be a thing of the past.
"The daughters will not be having anymore parties here," she said. "That is off the agenda for the next 10 years.
"The daughter is in the doghouse but I don't blame her entirely. "I blame the modern means of communication.
"She feels terrible, she is absolutely mortified by the whole thing."

The party hostess: Sarah Ruscoe in her dominatrix outfit
But yesterday Sarah admitted she had known the party would get out of hand and chose not to warn her mother of what might happen on Friday night.
Sarah, who dressed as a dominatrix for the evening, said it had become clear to her that crowds would descend on her Georgian mansion, Colehayes, near Bovey Tracey in Devon.
The house, in 20 acres, is used as a field study centre for schools and universities and is also a popular venue for weddings and parties.
It is run by Sarah's mother and stepfather, Rebecca and Bill Brooks, and has accommodation for 70 plus a licensed bar.
"To say things got out of hand is probably an understatement," said Sarah, who is not 18 until October but decided to have her party early after a booking for Colehayes was cancelled.
"I put up a poster at school inviting everyone".
Little did I know that almost everyone from Torquay Grammar sixth form would attend and invite "everyone" from different schools and the surrounding area.
"A large circle of friends, social networking sites and even the radio make communication that much more efficient."
She continued: "I soon realised it was spiralling out of control but tried to reassure myself with the fact that people can decide for various reasons not to attend.
"I spread rumours in other schools that the party was cancelled, which obviously didn't work.
"By the last day I felt physically ill with worry but chose to keep my mother in denial for her own sake.
"Nothing could be done at this point. I was dreading the night but didn't expect it to turn out as bad as it did.
"When it seemed like people would never stop coming and there was a line of headlights up our drive, I knew how out of hand it really had become.
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Fancy dress: The youngsters are intent on clowning around
VIDEO: Watch footage from the raucous party
24 hour party people: Everyone from the Village People to Vikings look to be in attendance
"By this time I had gone into hiding for a while until my mother took me to see the state of the house. I didn't want to see and just wanted to go straight to bed but she insisted."
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Anyone for tennis? This youngster is looking to make a racquet
You looking at me? These two look to have come all the way from France
When police arrived at the house they were pelted with glass as they tried to get the revellers to leave.
The family had hired four bouncers for the evening but Mrs Brooks, 54, said they did not stand a chance against the invading hordes.
"I can only liken it to a rock festival. They were jumping up an down with cans and bottles, spraying them around as if they were at a rave.
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The swarm: Police arrive to deal with gatecrashers outside Colehayes. It was not until they brought the dogs in that they all dispersed
The revellers: Boy in a fat suit leads the entertainment
But there was no music because the DJ we had hired did not even get a chance to set up.
"The people that came were a bunch of strangers behaving like they had been invited because Pete Tong had told them that everyone was welcome.
"Half of them arrived here drunk ? there were girls walking around with bottles of vodka, drinking them like normal people drink bottles of Coke. It was awash with alcohol. And they were smoking cannabis spliffs.
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Rebecca Brooks begins tidying up after gatecrashers leave her house a wreck
Mirrors were smashed and pictures torn off the walls as the party got out of hand. Bouncers hired by the family were said to have 'no chance'
"Some people were taking pictures off the walls and just breaking them.
"I just don't know what gets into these people. They began behaving like animals.
"One charcoal portrait of my husband's great grandfather was just smashed. It is a family heirloom with enormous sentimental value.
"We saw various garments everywhere ? trousers, knickers and underpants. I was also told there were streakers down the drive.
"These people didn't take any notice of anyone. It was only when the police dogs arrived that they took any notice."
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Hundreds of gatecrashers turned up uninvited at the family's manor house Colehayes Park in Newton Abbot
The sumptuous interior of the huge house was left in tatters
She and her 75-year-old husband are considering suing the BBC for allowing details of the party to be broadcast across the nation ? especially if it affects their business.
Tong's mention of it was an example of what is known on the programme as a "shout-out".
The 47-year-old DJ's name is popular rhyming slang for "gone wrong", as in "It's all gone Pete Tong".
He told listeners: "We're getting ready for a huge mansion-house party, 500 plus people going. It's in Bovey Tracey, Devon.
"Anyone who's listening can come along apparently ? just say Hi to Marilyn Monroe on the door."
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Rubbish was strewn throughout the house
The carpets were ruined and picture frames smashed
Mrs Brooks said: "I was flabbergasted and astonished that the BBC could be so irresponsible. I was aghast at Pete Tong.
"I am furious and beside myself with anger and rage. The BBC are going to seriously have to look at their policy.
"This is ridiculous. This was supposed to be a party for all my daughter's schoolfriends and it should not have been announced on Radio One.

Damage: Bottles fill bins and recycling containers
"I'm amazed that the BBC has not been in touch to apologise and I am expecting an apology from Pete Tong in a personal phone call.
"It was totally negligent of the BBC to allow a statement like that to be broadcast"
A BBC spokesman said: "Pete did not specify the name or address of the venue, but read out details of a mansion party taking place in Bovey Tracey sent in by a listener.
"He gives shout-outs on his show every week and he would never knowingly give an identifiable address for a private party.
"It's also worth noting that details of the party appear to have been posted on the internet several days before the party."


Sunday, 1 February 2009






Hi Mike,it was good to hear from you son. Yea everything is OK here with me in Goa I.m staying here till the end of feb then leave for Thailand on 1st march and stay for a month. I will meet up with 3 friends from Goa in Pataya then on to one of the islands It was lovely to see Kate when she came to visit me so we spent 10 day together then she went south to Hampi with cris and his two brothers then they travelled on south to Kerala and Kate came back to stay with me for 3 days,it was a nice surprise as I wasn,t expecting it. It was nice as we spent the 3 days together. I went with her to Tivem train staition to catch the 7pm overnight train to Bombay. She said she wanted to have her last bus experience in India so we took the bus to Mapsa half an hour then another bus to Tivem half an hour and said our farewells on the platform.{see you in Devon in May} now I,m back to my normal lazy routine. I,m glad to hear your doing OK I miss you and Tommy give him a hug for me and say hello. Email me back with your home phone # and I will give you a call the calls are cheap to England from here,my # in India is 9960554435 all the best for now son. Love Dad