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Victoria police say groups of youth are randomly attacking people, openly consuming drugs – BC

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Victoria police are issuing a warning about younger folks gathering within the downtown space and committing violent offences and property crimes.

Police stated a lot of the youths are from exterior Victoria and stated it has been occurring over the previous few weeks.

A few of the current incidents to which police have responded embrace assaults with weapons, random assaults on passersby, assaults on aged and unhoused folks and the swarming of a police officer.

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There have additionally been studies of mischief, vandalism and property harm in addition to open consumption of alcohol and medicines by underage youth, police stated.

Investigating officers have additionally discovered that some dad and mom are offering their youngsters with bear spray and alcohol when their youngsters have expressed that they wish to convey knives and medicines into the downtown space.

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“A number of of the youths concerned have instructed officers that they consider that they won’t face felony fees for his or her actions,” VicPD Spokesperson Const. Cam MacIntyre stated.

“A few of these youth are conducting violent, random assaults and have instructed officers that they consider that they may face no penalties for his or her illegal actions. They’re mistaken.

“Officers are arresting and recommending fees, which may have vital and detrimental life-long impacts.”

If anybody sees a gaggle assaulting folks or damaging property, they’re requested to name 911. If anybody has any details about these incidents, they’re inspired to name the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 ext 1.

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