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A winter wonderland of stupid criminals

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

Ah, London: home to an abundance of petty criminals. How you entertain us.

A five month investigation by the London Police Department has concluded with the closure of a local escort service last Thursday. Gerald Cunningham, a 54 year-old Londoner, was charged with Living off the Avails of Prostitution and Proceeds of Crime, because of his ownership and operation of the service, called “Cuddles,” explained Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson for the LPD.

Former clients of the escort service asked, “Who’s going to cuddle us now?”

The LPD would also like to inform the public they have knowledge of a Hell’s Angels residence in London. They are not disclosing the address of the house, in case some ill advised citizens decide to go egg the home or ask the mobsters to support their pretzel business.

On campus, the holidays saw a minimum number of break and enters due to the hiring of a contract security company to patrol all buildings, explained Elgin Austen, spokesman for the Campus Community Police Service. Campus buildings were patrolled 24 hours a day, in addition to the usual CCPS patrols.

Some expensive tools were taken from construction sites, he noted, adding that the sites, while active, belong to the construction company and were not patrolled by the contracted security company.

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, a shoplifter was caught red-handed trying to steal a toque from The BookStore, Austen said. The thief was apprehended by store security and charged under the Code of Student Conduct. The BookStore management chose not to press criminal charges due to the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Maybe management felt pity for someone dumb enough to attempt to thieve The BookStore and not even take a book.

In true Western fashion, CCPS reported a number of disturbances on campus Monday night after the bars closed. There were four liquor license act charges laid.

On both Dec. 15 and Jan. 6, impaired drivers were apprehended and charged at the Windemere Manor and the Talbot College intersections respectively, Austen said.

The winter weather has also been keeping campus police busy. On Jan. 10 and 11 pipes were bursting all over campus. In both Somerville House and the Dental Science Building, burst pipes caused flooding and took caretakers some time to clean up, he confirmed.

On Sunday, police responded when a female slipped on ice and injured her ankle. Austen noted it is important at this time of year to remember to watch your step outdoors.

At 1:51 a.m. Saturday morning police were called to deal with an intoxicated male seen staggering outside Essex Hall. When the drunk was approached he fled into the -20C night, prompting police to conduct an extensive search for fear he might come to harm in the extreme cold. The male returned to Essex at 2:30 a.m. unharmed.



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