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Coronavirus: Richmond RCMP bust 2 illegal karaoke parties over the weekend

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Richmond RCMP officers were kept busy over the weekend as people continued to host karaoke parties, in violation of provincial health orders.

Police said they were called to a karaoke bar near the Aberdeen Square Mall in the 4000-block of No. 3 Road at approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.

In total, 34 staff and patrons were inside and were all issued violation tickets of $230 each. The manager was given a $2,300 ticket, police said.

Then, at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, officers were called to a commercial building in the 2600-block of Shell Road. When they arrived, police said they heard people singing karaoke and discovered what appeared to be an unlicensed drinking establishment.

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In total, 21 people were given tickets for $230 each and the organizer also received a $2,300 ticket.

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In both cases, RCMP said the investigations continue to determine what other business and/or liquor-related charges may apply.

β€œIt’s quite clear that some people are still not getting the message,” Cpl. Ian Henderson with Richmond RCMP said in a release. “People who continue to engage in this type of reckless, irresponsible behaviour will be held to account.”

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Anyone who knows of events like this being organized in Richmond is asked to call RCMP at 604-278-1212.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca

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