But people are. And they've paid a high price for it.
The freeloaders? Well, they are likely to escape:
Mrs Hines has bigger things to worry about. With estimates of up to £30,000 to repair structural damage and replace her furniture, she is in despair about how to find the money.
‘Since Andrew has been gone, money has been tight and I have no idea what we will do,’ she says.
There is little chance of compensation either — although the police have suggested bringing criminal charges, it could be hard to work out who to bring them against.But, since we are talking about the Essex Farce, there is one culprit that's already been identified, they know the address, they won't need to do any hard work.
Essex Police confirmed it was currently considering if it is in the public interest to prosecute for a breach of the peace and allowing underage drinking in her home.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “Police are working with the family and considering whether any offences have been committed and whether it is in the public interest to prosecute those responsible. Local officers are also in contact with residents of the street to establish a full picture of the events which took place.”Yup! Prosecute the victim!