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Police had to shut down an ‘S&M and M&S’-themed fancy dress party when they found 250 students in leather bondage gear… and grandpa outfits.
University revellers in Jesmond, Newcastle, went all out for the birthday party, with some donning corsets and thigh-high leather boots, some wearing M&S pyjamas or dressing gowns and others choosing to combine the two themes.
But police were forced to end the fun when a neighbour complained about the noise coming from the house, though officers were reportedly ‘impressed’ by the students’ attempts at DIY soundproofing.
‘We got some speakers and smoke machines, we had two dance floors, one chill-out room and a room upstairs had a bouncy castle and a ball pit,’ said geography student Alexi, 20.
‘There was probably about 250 people here and we had a bouncer on the door who was a mate of ours.
‘All the girls ended up coming in S&M outfits and anyone that came in the M&S theme were just dressed as grandpas.
‘We did lots of soundproofing and spent lots of money on it. We bought foam wrapped in bubble wrap to put up against the wall, in total we probably spent about £2,500.’
Northumbria Police found no evidence of criminality, but asked the hosts to turn down the noise and told guests to leave.
‘They were spoken to and agreed to end the party and everyone left in an orderly manner,’ said a spokeswoman.
‘There were no criminal offences disclosed. It was very noisy, with a large number of people inside.’
Alexi, a former Harrow School pupil, said he had no regrets.
‘People have since said it was the best house party they had ever been to and the best night in Newcastle,’ he said.