Hamilton police arrest 9 after unsanctioned weekend homecoming parties

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Published October 3, 2022 at 8:04 pm

Hamilton police say nine people were arrested when unsanctioned homecoming street parties broke out around university campuses after football games this weekend.

Police say along with the arrests, 16 bylaw charges were issued after they estimate up to 6,000 people gathered in the Westdale and Ainslie Woods neighbourhoods near McMaster University on Saturday.

A police spokesperson says students were respectful and co-operative when officers cleared Dalewood Ave. starting shortly after 5 p.m., but later there were reports of fights among attendees and bottles thrown at police when they cleared Gary Ave. around 9:30 p.m.

The university, which stopped hosting official homecoming events after 2019, thanked student volunteers for returning the next day to help collect trash in the neighbourhood.

Similar incidents were reported at Carleton University in Ottawa on Saturday and also last week at Western University in London where more than 150 warnings were issued and one person was charged with assaulting an officer following an unsanctioned street event in the wake of a homecoming football game.

 

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