Mansion wrecked by party

Grade-II listed Colehayes Park has been left with tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage after a party organised by the owners’ daughter got out of hand.

Radio 1 has been criticised after a party-goer, attending Sarah Brooks’s 18th birthday party, called Pete Tong’s show and issued a ‘shout-out’ for the event, which resulted in 2,000 gatecrashers turning up.

Colehayes Park is a Grade-II listed building, set in 20 acres of land at Bovey Tracey, a village on the outskirts of Dartmoor.

The BBC says that the name and address details of the house were not specified in the broadcast, which ran: ‘We’re getting ready for a huge mansion party – 500-plus people going – it’s in Bovey.’

Rebecca Brooks, Sarah’s mother, said in response: ‘People only had to look for the mansion in Bovey Tracey. In this instance, they may has well have just given the exact address.’

Mrs Brooks plans to complain to the BBC, saying ‘Bottles and cans were strewn from the house to the village, which is two miles away.’

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police were pelted with glass when they turned up, and eventually cleared the house using dogs.

Mrs Brooks said that the family has ‘all learned lessons, and this is the last party we will be hosting for any of our daughters.’

The Grade-II listed Colehayes Park was left with tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage after the party got out of hand.

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