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Array of charges on St. Patrick’s Day

It was a busy night for police Monday, but there were no major incidents as people painted the town green for St. Patrick’s Day.
In a memo from the police chief posted on Coun. Ian Findlay’s Ward 2 blog, a number of community partners were thanked for their efforts in community safety planning. “We believe the proactive planning ensured a safe and fun event with a little luck of the Irish with cooler temperatures,” it said.
Police began their proactive enforcement efforts on the weekend, when they learned of several keg parties being planned for St. Paddy’s Day.
Party planners were warned that it is illegal to sell alcohol without a licence, and that keg parties can be dangerous due to overcrowding.
On Monday, they learned that several parties had been cancelled, but some parties still went ahead.
Police ultimately seized nine kegs from houses on Youngman Drive and College Avenue, charging six people with unlawfully selling liquor. They also disrupted keg parties on Thornberry Drive and Essex Street.
Police began laying liquor-related charges before noon on Monday, and continued enforcement into the early hours of Tuesday, a news release said.
In total, there were 25 separate liquor-related incidents, leading to 37 Liquor Licence Act tickets being handed out.
There were also eight public urination fines and seven public intoxication arrests, the release said.
There were four impaired driving charges laid, it said.

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