On the night of Friday 11 December, the Australian capital’s iconic nightlife could have been turned into a living hell by a group of teenagers who decided to take over a local club and stage a ‘stressless recliners’ party.
As the night wore on, the situation grew more serious and the atmosphere became more chaotic.
It was a surreal evening.
Some of the attendees arrived at the club at 9:00pm and left by 9:45pm.
By 11:00am, they had arrived at a nightclub called The Rock and started dancing and singing songs, according to the ABC.
Police arrested four men, and later released four others who were in the club with them.
They were charged with unlawful premises and unlawful consumption of alcohol.
The Rock has been a venue for the local rock and roll scene since the 1970s.
But this is the first time that it has been shut down.
Melbourne police were investigating after a video was posted on social media, showing a group dancing to a rock song.
In a statement, Melbourne Police said: ”Officers attended the Rock at approximately 8:40pm on Friday 11, 2017 and arrested four males who were present during the incident.
Officers are treating this incident as an active police investigation.”
It is alleged that four males were in possession of a large quantity of alcohol, including a bottle of wine, and that one of the males subsequently took control of the premises and engaged in an unlawful occupation of the property.”
The ABC has spoken to a friend of the men who said they were both ‘stressed out’ by the incident, and had to take medication to control their stress.
This was the first arrest in Melbourne for alcohol-related violence, which has fallen by a third since 2010.
A spokeswoman for the Melbourne Police Service said: “It was believed that there were two men and a female who were intoxicated, and officers arrived at The Rock at around 8:30pm on 12 December 2017 and conducted a search warrant.”
The four arrested were remanded in custody and will appear in court on July 24.
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