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Winter cold to stop flashers: shrinkage

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

The past week brought warmer weather and with it, more flashers. On Nov. 19, a female was startled by a nude white male, 40 to 45 years old, about five feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds. He called out to her and when she saw him in the bushes he ran away, said Const. Tracy Swyfton of the London Police Department. The incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on the path that connects to the practice field of Huron Flats.

The flasher was not the same individual who committed indecent acts on campus several times this year, confirmed Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the Campus Community Police Service. Police advise people to be aware of such incidents and avoid walking alone on campus paths. Don’t worry too much; colder weather brings the most trustworthy deterrent to flashers everywhere: shrinkage.

If you heard a big crash near the Richmond gates this past Saturday, you may have also heard a greedy groan from nearby insurance companies. A BMW travelling south on Richmond St. made a fast, wide right turn into the main gates and struck two cars, Austen said. It crashed into an Audi, which was pushed into another car, he said.

Both the BMW and the Audi sustained extensive damage and the BMW driver was charged with careless driving, Austen noted. “The driver was completely out of control.”

A break and enter at an off campus student residence is a reminder to be careful around the Christmas break, Swyfton said. When leaving for the holidays, it is important to remember to lock all doors and windows, and record serial numbers of all property. “There is very little chance you’ll get [stolen] property back if you don’t have the serial number,” she said.



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