A YEAR 11 prom night at an exclusive country club was shut down early after pupils from a Billericay school were allegedly caught using drugs.
Up to six teenagers from The Billericay School were ejected from Stock Brook Manor Country Club, in Queen's Park Avenue, after staff reportedly found them taking drugs in the venue's toilets.
During the course of the party, held in the clubhouse on Monday July 11, visitors were told twice, over the DJ's microphone, that drugs had been found.
Following the second announcement, which took place at around 12.30am, the event, which had featured a buffet and a disco, was shut down and up to 200 partygoers were asked to leave.
The drugs that were found were thought to be cannabis and MDMA, the name that chemists give to the pure form of the drug Ecstasy.
Many pupils arrived for the dance in limousines, while one group came in a Rolls Royce and one turned up in a Bentley.
One youngster said that many people were disappointed they had to leave early.
He said: "It was a bit annoying because it started getting good at that time.
"A lot of the girls were really upset."
Another teenager recounted how the evening ended.
He said: "They turned the music off and one of the managers then said 'you all have to go'.
"It was a really good night up until that point.
"People were having a good time and it was due to finish in half an hour, so it didn't really ruin it, but it did sort of take the spirit out of the night.
"No-one wanted to go and people kicked up a fuss.
"People said why don't you just kick out the people who were doing [drugs]."
He added: "All I can remember is people talking about how [the bouncers] found stuff in the toilets."
The police did not attend the venue, although they were called to David's Walk in Billericay that same evening to reports of youths causing a nuisance.
A police spokesman said: "We had reports from people of nuisance youths in David's Walk on Monday, July 11.
"We attended but there was no trace of any youths making a nuisance in that street.
"We were not involved in any shutting down of a prom."
No arrests were made.
The dance was organised by a group of parents of Year 11 students at the school.
Head teacher Sue Hammond said that the school had played no part in organising the event and that no teachers or other members of staff attended.
She declined to comment further about events at the party.
Stock Brook Country Club offers four school ball packages, which, according to its website, start from £23 per person.
No one from Stock Brook Manor was available for comment.