KINGSTON, ONT. – Police in Kingston, Ontario. grappling with parties in the city’s college district on Saturday as students took to the streets for a second weekend in a row.
Last weekend, police estimated as many as 8,000 people were in attendance at the festivities to celebrate the homecoming. More than 100 tickets were handed out over the weekend for organizing or attending harmful parties and three criminal obstruction charges were laid.
Police said Monday they were ready for additional parties this weekend for a “bogus homecoming,” and officers from other municipalities, including the Toronto, Durham and York areas, and Belleville, were called to help.
Police said they expected a crowd of 16,000 this weekend. Saturday afternoon’s estimates are, however, well below this expected figure. Police told CP24 that the crowd on Aberdeen Street had increased by around 4,000 in the afternoon. A Kingston police officer was reportedly injured and taken to Kingston General Hospital.
Between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., police announced that aggravated nuisance parties had been declared on Aberdeen and Earl streets. Anyone remaining in the area would face a fine of $ 2,000.
Several roads have been closed for police and regulatory operations, the city of Kingston said.
Kingston Police said they and officers from other police forces would remain in the University District all afternoon and evening. The aggravated nuisance declarations were lifted shortly after 5 p.m. once the streets were deemed cleared.
–With files from Kimberley Johnson of CTV News Ottawa and Janey Llewellin of CP24.