Two men face assault charges after large student party in Halifax neighbourhood

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Nearly 100 tickets issued at unsanctioned party near Dalhousie University
Halifax Regional Police arrested two people and issued nearly 100 tickets over the weekend at an unsanctioned street party near Dalhousie University. They reported incidents of fighting, property damage, disturbances and public drinking. Megan King reports. – Oct 3, 2023

Halifax police say two people face assault charges in connection with a large student party Sunday in a neighbourhood near Dalhousie University.

Police also say they issued 93 summary offence tickets under the Liquor Control Act and three under the Motor Vehicle Act as a result of disturbances during “unsanctioned” events related to the university’s homecoming.

They say an 18-year-old man faces a charge of assaulting a police officer after a replica firearm and a sensory irritant were seized, while a 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting another reveller.

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Unsanctioned street parties still a problem near Dalhousie University

Police estimate about 3,000 people gathered in an area just north of the Dalhousie campus beginning at around 12:30 p.m. and remained into the early evening.

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They say many people were intoxicated as they climbed trees, damaged property and caused fights within the crowd.

A similar gathering last year grew rowdy as fireworks were ignited, a number of fights were reported and several people were injured — including a man who was stabbed. A disturbance at the same event in 2021 saw police arrest nine men and one woman for public intoxication.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2023.

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