POLICE closed down a house party to mark a 21-year-old being discharged from hospital after scores of gate-crashers turned up.

Dean Breckon and Jack Cross were planning on holding a party for around 15 close friends and family members to celebrate Dean’s recovery after a bike accident last month.

However, police were finally called by the occupants of the house in Whitehayes Road in Burton after nearly 200 people turned up.

They have also opened an investigation following allegations of criminal damage to a neighbour’s gate and a nearby tree.

Jack said: “It was only going to be a small gathering, but it got a bit out of hand

“We let it be for an hour or so to see if it would die down, but it didn’t.

“We called the police because there were so many people, we couldn’t walk through the house.

“There were people in the garden, both bedrooms and the kitchen and it spilled out into the road.”

Councillor Simon McCormack, who represents the Christchurch Independent group for Burton and Grange ward, said: “I met up with council officers and the police yesterday morning and they are aware of the situation.

“An investigation is currently under way to find out whether these allegations are true and if this was an isolated incident or not.”

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the incident was a “nightmare”.

“On the day of the party, I went over there at around five in the afternoon.

“I went over there to ask him to turn the music down.

“We don’t mind people having a party, it just would have been nice to know about it beforehand.

“There were empty beer cans and broken glass left all along the road the following morning which obviously isn’t nice.”

Another neighbour said: “I was at work around the corner and it just sounded like a big rave.

“It is just because this is usually such a quiet neighbourhood and it was a bit of a surprise to us all.”

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “We were called at 10.33pm on Thursday 8 August to reports of a loud party spilling into the street in Whitehayes Road in Burton, Christchurch.

“Reports of criminal damage were also received. Officers attended and those present left the area.

“An investigation is under way into the criminal damage allegations.”