Stabbing incident headlines St. Patty’s Day carnage

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Saint Patrick’s Day shenanigans kept police busy last weekend as London and campus police dealt with a stabbing, flying liquor bottles and students engaging in “out-of-control behaviour.”

Around 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning London Police Service was called to 5 Jacksway Cres. where two males were stabbed with a knife in the face and head area.

Both were transported to hospital with undetermined injuries. According to LPS media relations officer Amanda Pfeffer, police are looking for three or four suspects who left the area in a dark blue, black or grey vehicle.

Campus Community Police Services director Elgin Austen reported many phone calls regarding liquor license violations Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

“We answered about 12 calls just on campus that night,” Austen said, adding two students were taken to hospital from Perth Hall after they were found unconscious and non-responsive.

Austen said CCPS also responded to a couple of noisy, liquor-related events off campus.

“After a warning [the parties] toned down and the students were co-operative,” Austen said.

An assault occurred at Huron University College, and CCPS responded to a theft and seized a funnel from Saugeen Maitland Hall.

“That funnel was definitely not being used for the purpose of pouring gas into a vehicle,” Austen said.

Finally, CCPS responded to reports of people throwing bottles at vehicles driving along Richmond Street late Saturday night but didn’t catch anyone.

“This was just one 24-hour period and it was a very busy time for us,” Austen said.

“The most disturbing incidents are when people are non-responsive from overconsumption,” he said. “We’re not here to stop people from having fun, but individuals need to have a plan about how much they’re going to drink, because once they go unconscious they may or may not wake up.”

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