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Eight fined for rowdy weekend house parties

A pair of wild parties that attracted hundreds over the weekend have ended with eight more people being fined under the city’s new nuisance party by-law.

London police were called to a house on Patricia Street, east of notorious party street Broughdale Avenue around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday where officers estimate there were roughly 150 people in the backyard. Additional revellers were being dropped off while officers were on scene, police said.

Two 20-year-old men, both tenants of the home, were fined $1,100 each under the new bylaw that was put in place in August.

About an hour later, police were called to a home on John Street in relation to a massive party at a downtown home. Between 300 to 350 people were in attendance at the bash when officers arrived, according to police.

Six 19-year-old men, all tenants of the home, were issued provincial offence notices to the tune of $1,110 for hosting the rowdy party.

Anyone who sponsors, hosts, creates, attends or allows a so-called nuisance party in London can be fined under the by-law. Fines range from $1,000 plus a $130 surcharge to a maximum of $25,000.

This is the second weekend in a row, fines have been issued for massive house parties in the city. Last weekend, four tenants of a house on Broughdale Avenue, were issued provincial offence notices for violating the City of London’s nuisance bylaw after police busted up a party with as many as 300 people. They were each fined $1,000 plus a $130 surcharge.

The zero tolerance approach to rowdy house parties comes as police, city officials, and Western University look for ways to deter Fake Homecoming (FoCo) celebrations, which take place in mid-to-late September. Last year, roughly 20,000 people flooded Broughdale Avenue as booze-filled parties raged throughout the day. The unsanctioned street party saw 28 people taken to hospital and 132 people issued public offence notices. The unruly hijinx also cost the city an extra $100,000 in policing costs.