The Fun Police have officially arrived -- and they are here to gain a few 'Likes' as they shut down parties.
On Friday Victoria Police jumped on Facebook to invite themselves to an Australia Day party at Melbourne’s St Kilda Beach, which had gained the attention of more than 20,000 guests.
Writing to the party hosts, Jai Motherwell and Clint White, Vic Police showed an interest in attending the ‘Triple J Hottest 100 Party 2016 at St Kilda Beach’.
"Hi Jai and Clint. This is Victoria Police," the authorities said.
"We know this party is not sanctioned by Triple J, so we're assuming you haven't got any permits from Port Phillip Council either? If that's the case, we'll pay you a visit on Australia Day and let's hope we don't spoil your party!"
The man responsible for the post -- which has gained more than 8,000 likes and 200 shares -- is Mark Bayly, the Victoria Police Online Communications Manager, who told The Huffington Post Australia he's found the response "very positive" with people engaging with the light-hearted authority.
"The St.Kilda Police Station approached me with the view to composing a social media post which I did and posted on the party page today," Bayly told HuffPost Australia.
"It is a very good way of engaging around an issue like this."
Bayly said the hosts "were very good about it" and "admitted things had got out of hand".
The hosts have since cancelled the event, writing to guests on the event Facebook page on Friday afternoon.
"We have decided to shut this event down. The numbers have blown way out of proportion and you can't trust 20,000 strangers to do the right thing," the hosts wrote.
"We will be working with the Victorian Police and local city council about this matter leading into the event. Please respect our decision and share around that the event has been cancelled. There are plenty of other parties in St Kilda for Australia Day. Who's keen to catch Fatboy Slim?!"
And will the Fun Police continue trawling Facebook to monitor Victoria's party scene?
"Absolutely," Bayly said.Suggest a correction