Staff at the Staincliffe Hotel in Seaton Carew reported that three patrol cars and police dogs were called to the bash for Cleveland Police's plain clothes detectives.A fast response to head off any trouble, you may say?
Sources said the call-out was over an argument between one of the police party and a woman and there had been no violence or arrests.
Jennifer Taylor, a manager at the hotel, said staff were unaware of any problem until the police arrived.Something stinks, all right...
She told the Northern Echo: "I wasn't the duty manager that night but I know it wasn't us who actually called the police.
"What I do know, which was really quite annoying, is that we had a problem with eight men who smashed up the toilet the week before and we did call the police and they sent one officer on his own.
"On Thursday night, there's some disagreement and no ructions but they send three cars, including the dog section."
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "Police were called but were unable to substantiate any complaint and there is no ongoing investigation.Well, that wouldn't stop your across-the-border colleagues, now, would it?
"We contacted the lady on the Friday and she did not wish to make any complaint."