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Locke Street vandalism case has wrapped up in Hamilton

A group of about 30 masked people marched down Locke Street in March 2018, smashing windows with rocks and damaging vehicles.
A group of about 30 masked people marched down Locke Street in March 2018, smashing windows with rocks and damaging vehicles. Twitter user: OliverioCarmela

The Locke Street vandalism case has wrapped up.

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Seven men and one woman were arrested in the case and on Wednesday, the final penalty was handed down to a Hamilton man.

Alexander Balch was facing charges of mischief over $5,000 and unlawful assembly while masked, but those charges were stayed by the Crown.

Balch has signed a peace bond not to be in the Locke Street South area for a year.

He was allegedly part of a group that went on a vandalism spree on Locke Street a year ago, causing about $100,000 in damage to local businesses and vehicles.

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In November, the so-called “ringleader” of the group, Cedar Hopperton, was handed a year-long sentence, while Tyler Nadeau, who was called the “lead aggressor” of the protest, was sentenced last month to six months behind bars.

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Two other suspects had their charges stayed last month, while two others were given orders to complete community service and another received a conditional sentence.

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