London Police won’t be releasing statistics until Tuesday or Wednesday, but it appears crisp weather put a chill on the 2016 edition of Western University’s official Homecoming celebrations.
The weather was windy and wet at times during “Homecoming Saturday,” leading most revellers to keep their parties inside rather than spilling onto streets in and around campus.
London Police were out in full force over the weekend, especially on Broughdale Avenue, notorious in years past for attracting thousands of students to the area. That made it extremely difficult for emergency crews to respond to calls for service.
Thousands of people took part in parties over “Reunion Weekend,” which was held during what used to be the traditional Homecoming weekend from September 30th to October 2nd.
Events included the Alumni Awards of Merit and Golden Anniversary Dinners, but much of the focus was on Broughdale where Police kept a close eye on the celebrations.
London Police handed out 54 provincial offence notices over that weekend, compared to 76 in 2015. They also laid 2 criminal code charges and issued 3 warnings.
One criminal code charge was laid in 2015.
Officers tweeted from the beat on Saturday used the hashtag #dontinviteus2urparty but said students were overall very cooperative.
University officials announced in late May that Homecoming would be delayed to October 22nd in an effort to curb unsanctioned partying.
Next year’s Homecoming will once again be scheduled for late October.