Some people are dumb, some are dumber and then you have 17 year-old Rachel Bell, formerly of Chipchase Court, Woodstone Village, Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, who advertised on the Myspace website that she was throwing an Easter Monday, “Skins Unofficial Party” while her parents were away.
Now for those who don’t know, “Skins” is a Channel 4 television programme about teenagers who generally get up to all sorts of debauchery and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. According to the Urban Dictionary, a skins party, “is a huge party in someone’s house where nearly everything is broke, lots of people are having sex and almost everyone is either drunk or drugged up.”
So it is of no great surprise to learn then, that after the open invitation, with the subtle subtitle, “let’s trash the average family-sized house disco party,” appeared on Myspace, some 200 teenagers descended on the sleepy corner of the sleepy village ready to, well, trash the place.
According to reports, some £20,000 to £30,000 worth of damage was caused to the property during the event with teens from across the country stubbing cigarettes out on the carpets and barricading the back door to prevent neighbours from intervening.
When Rachael’s parents returned home on Tuesday morning after being alerted by a neighbour, they found that the drink and drug-fuelled party-goers had urinated on Mrs Bell’s wedding dress and children’s clothes after removing them from the wardrobe and apparently wearing it; stolen cash and jewellery; swung on light fittings, ripping them out of the ceiling; left behind buckets of vomit and dyed the girl’s brother’s Fred Perry clothes “because they didn’t like chavs“.
They also urinated in all of the cupboards and against walls and rifled through every drawer looking for valuables, left condoms scattered around the home and poured beer, wine and spirits over the floors and carpeting.