Volume 96, Issue 66
Tuesday, January 28, 2003

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

Other than a hungry student stealing a meal, the Western campus was quiet and crime-free this past week.

The only incident on campus this week occurred at Centre Spot in the University Community Centre on Wednesday, Jan. 22, said Const. Colleen Kelly of the University Police Department.

"A [male] shoplifter was caught stealing [food] from Harvey's," she said, but noted he will not be criminally charged.

Instead, he will be charged under the Student Code of Conduct, she explained. (Apparently $400, worth of food didn't warrant a criminal charge, as it only represents a single meal at Centre Spot – had the suspect taken a plastic fork, well, then he'd be in trouble.)

This past weekend saw a few incidents in downtown London, said Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson for the London Police Department.

"We were really busy on the weekend," he said, adding most disturbances were typical after-bar activity.

At the Ridout, two brothers aged 19 and 24 were assaulted by three other males on Saturday night, Martin said.

The assault occurred at 1:10 a.m. and resulted in the 19-year-old – a Western student – being taken to hospital, Martin said. He required 60 stitches to his forehead and facial area, he explained. "It was a fairly vicious assault."

Also on Saturday, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Richmond Street near the train tracks, Martin said.

"[Just after midnight], a female ran across the road and was hit by a cab," he said. She was taken to hospital and questioned about the incident, but did not remember anything that happened, Martin added.

The LPD was also called to a residence on Western Road after complaints of a disturbance, he said. "It was just some trouble between roommates."

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