Western University’s homecoming celebrations kicked off early Saturday with mobs of students blocking traffic and police from multiple jurisdictions preparing for a long night.
Emergency crews were on scene as an estimated 20,000 young people dressed in school colours spilled out of houses onto Richmond Street and other roads in the university neighbourhoods. Police had to close multiple blocks of Richmond, from Cheapside to Windermere around 5 p.m.
The street was reopened several hours later after dozens of police moved students off the main north-south artery to side streets.
“We have officers from not only London, Ont., but from York Region, as well as Hamilton. So we’re
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