Snow won’t deter crime
By Laura Katsirdakis
Mother Nature has not been kind to London as of late, covering
our cars with snow and forcing us to walk through knee-high
trenches. But if you thought this would stop your friendly
neighbourhood criminal, you were wrong.
“We’re still getting speeders, despite the weather,” said
Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the Campus Community Police
Service, noting the weather did not stop some drivers from
doing 70 to 75 kilometres per hour in a 40 km/h zone.
Traffic has been a problem for police, Austen said, adding
the weather has also caused snow removal issues. “People
need to remove their vehicles at night so plowing can be done,” he
Early yesterday morning, CCPS encountered an odd crime on
campus. A generator was stolen from the London Fire Department
and dragged behind a truck on to campus, Austen said, adding
the generator became detached from the truck and the whole
shebang was abandoned near the Law Building on Lambton Dr.
Shortly after midnight this past Sunday night, police were
called to the University Community Centre to deal with an individual
who was causing trouble, explained Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson
for the London Police Department. The individual, 20-year-old
Kirk Mason, was asked to leave a campus bar after causing disturbances.
Police attempted to arrest him for trespassing, but he earned
himself another charge: resisting arrest.
Last Friday, the LPD was notified by the Toronto Police Service
that a London man had been found in Toronto suffering from
a gun shot wound. The LPD’s major crimes section is now
working with Toronto police on the investigation. It is believed
the man was abducted from London.
Also last Friday, a male was arrested at about 10 p.m. and
charged with assault and resisting arrest when he wandered
onto a skating rink drunk and attempted to fight with hockey
players. When officers attempted to escort him off the ice,
he doubled his fun by taking a swing at one of them, scoring
a charge of assaulting a police officer.