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157 charged on St. Patrick’s Day in London, no ‘significant incident’ | News

Western University students walk past the Natural Sciences building prepared for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March 17, 2022

London police reported 157 charges were issued on St. Patrick’s Day, the majority in the form of tickets under the Liquor License Control Act.

St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday saw students dressed in green flock to central London, filling the bars of Richmond Row. Students strolled to and from homes on Broughdale Avenue and other popular party streets remained relatively quiet – albeit under a heavy police presence.

Despite the high number of charges, London Police Service confirmed there were no significant incidents to report in relation to St Patrick’s Day in their press release on Tuesday.

According to the statement, London Police and City of London By-law officers were primarily responding to noise-related complaints about small house parties across the city on Thursday.

In contrast, Waterloo saw 19 arrests, 147 charges and massive street parties on Marshall Street – one block from the fenced-off Ezra Avenue.

Of London’s 157 charges, 145 were issued in relation to the Liquor License Control Act, which governs the responsible consumption, sale, supply and delivery of alcohol, among other things.

Five charges were laid in relation to noise regulations, two for public urination and three for impaired driving laws under the Criminal Code.

Police are also investigating four weapons issues since St. Patrick’s Day, although no injuries have been reported.

London police could not confirm whether the Western University students are linked to the charges or the ages of those fined.

Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, London Police confirmed they would be increasing their presence in the city in anticipation of revelers.

Western University and the City of London have also shared guidance with students to encourage them to consume responsibly and make safe decisions, with Western developing alternative programs for students in residence.