The law is closing in on people who have a thirst for out-of-control gatherings.

Police have been given increased powers by the State Government this week, whereby irresponsible party hosts could be hit with a $12,000 fine, orders to repay police call-out costs and face a maximum 12 month jail term.

The laws apply to parties of just 12 people or ore and where at least two people are involved in criminal conduct.

Under the new powers, police can arrest offenders ailing to disperse from an out-of-control gathering.

While the laws would be welcome by residents disturbed by gatherings that have recently spilled onto Geraldton streets, one 19-year-old party-regular said they could create more dangers.

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