“Responsible Fun” on St. Patrick’s Day

photo from London Police Service

London police dealt with noise complaints and confiscated several kegs of beer but overall it appears to have been a quieter St. Patrick’s Day in the city.

Officers monitored student neighbourhoods and Richmond Row, while Police Chief Brad Duncan hit the street and live-tweeted the day’s events. Constable Ken Steeves also provided real-time updates on Twitter. Here’s a sample:

screen capture of a photo of beer kegs confiscated from a Huron St. house party

Officers also took nine kegs from a house party on Westview Dr. In both cases, police say the beer was taken away because it was being sold without a permit. A man was warned about being on the roof of a Huron St. home and police say they were called back to the residence because of a noise complaint and issued a ticket.

Chief Duncan gave unseasonably cool weather some of the credit for keeping the parties mostly under control.  The high temperature of -4C on Monday was 10 degrees below normal.  In a tweet, Duncan thanked Western University and Fanshawe College for positive support and described the aim for the day as “responsible fun”.

This year, police teamed with student leaders from Western and Fanshawe for a social media campaign in hopes of stopping unruly partying before it started.  Two years ago, officers were held off by an out-of-control riot that began as a St. Patrick’s Day party on Fleming Dr.

In all, 74 provincial offence notices were handed out. That compares to 274 on St. Patrick’s Day, 2013.