Drunken stupidity caps off ‘quiet’ year of crime
By Dan Perry
London Police Department spokesperson Const. Paul Martin said
that despite the few calls police responded to this weekend
(none of them on campus), police have been pleased with the
conduct of Western students this year.
“It’s been a relatively quiet year — hats
off to students for being respectful of London,” he said,
reminding students to keep up the good work. “We’ve
all seen the pictures of boulevards full of junk,” he
added, asking students to leave on a respectful note and be
responsible when cleaning out their houses.
Aside from praising us, London police were kept busy this
week with a few oddball incidents; Sunday, police responded
to an ongoing noise complaint on Oxford St. E.
When police arrived, the occupant turned down his stereo and
came to the door, where he shone a flashlight into the officers’ eyes,
then went back inside and turned it up again; when asked to
explain, he remarked that he liked the song. He was charged
with mischief, resisted arrest and was charged for that too.
A 40-year-old male was charged with mischief, uttering threats
and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public when he
was apprehended while swinging a metal fence post in the drive-thru
at a Hamilton Rd. Tim Hortons. Police were responding to reports
of several beer bottles being thrown at the drive-thru window,
and the fence post-swinger was responding to the bottle-throwers.
On a more serious note, the LPD also charged a 31-year-old
male with sexual assault after a woman was attacked on York
St., although she managed to escape. The man was scheduled
to appear in court yesterday.
Friday’s spring All-Soph Pub at The Wave resulted in
a broken window. “I think it was punched out when someone
was ejected,” said manager Dan Smith. “It’s
already been replaced — I’m not making a big deal
out of it.”
Campus Community Police Service’ director Elgin Austen
confirmed that no charges were laid in the incident, but reported
the weekend consisted of the usual “fights, disturbances
“This being the last month, I would think people would
be concentrating on their exams and things — but we had
a few [students] who got into some difficulties,” he
Police also responded to a motorcycle accident, Austen said. “This
time of year, you’re going to have that,” he said
of the crash. “There’s sand on the road, and [drivers]
are rusty from having the winter off — and they end up
injured for the summer.”
In happier bike news, Austen said the police gathered up some
used bicycles in response to the London Boys and Girls Club’s
request for donations.