London police: Cops are beefing up their presence near Fanshawe College and Western University for the month

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Large parties near Fanshawe College on the eve of the school year resulted in seven arrests, London police say.

With officers beefing up their presence in student-heavy neighbourhoods – an annual step dubbed Project LEARN – cops were called last weekend to Thurman Circle, not far from the site of the infamous 2012 St. Patrick’s Day riot on Fleming Drive.

This past weekend, a woman was charged with multiple offences, including assaulting police, uttering threats and resisting arrests. Six others were arrested for public intoxication between Sunday night and Monday morning, said police, who are urging post-secondary students to act responsibly.

“There will be a balanced approach with enforcement of bylaws and warnings relating to parties, parking, open fires, noise, litter and public urination,” police said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The Western University Student Council and Fanshawe Student Union have also called on students to be on their best behaviour. In past years, police have traditionally issued more than 1,000 tickets and laid dozens of charges during the annual campaign.

Project LEARN runs until Oct. 1.


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