Police in West Vancouver reportedly shut down a large party with more than 200 guests in attendance.
According to the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD), the gathering occurred on August 28 at approximately 10:15 pm. Officers were notified of a “disturbance” in the 1500 blocks of Errigal Place in the British Properties.
The large gathering was said to include hundreds of young adults.
“Once on scene, officers determined there were well over 200 people in attendance at a large house party with an average attendee age of 18 and 21 years,” says WVPD in a release.
Police also say that “none of the people in attendance were adhering” to COVID-19 provincial health orders. There were also challenges with crowd control as fights reportedly “began breaking out.”
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One man, a 20-year-old, sustained “significant head and facial injuries after being assaulted.” He was transported to hospital, but his injuries were deemed non-life threatening.
Police also determined that the party was held at a rental property and that the organizer likely fled once police arrived. One promoter, however, was identified and issued a $230 fine on the scene.
Additionally, most attendees were believed to be from outside West Vancouver.
“This was an extremely irresponsible group who posed a significant risk to each other, their own communities and the residents of West Vancouver,” says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy of the WVPD.
“This type of gross negligence will not be tolerated here.”