Saanich police received several reports regarding a gathering of some 200 youth at Mount Douglas Park on the evening of July 1. (Google Maps)

Saanich police break up Canada Day gathering of nearly 200 youth in Mount Douglas Park

Officers observed underage drinking, public intoxication, lack of physical distancing

Saanich police were called to break up a gathering of about 200 youth at Mount Douglas Park beach on Canada Day.

Around 9 p.m. on July 1, the Saanich Police Department began to receive reports about a large gathering in Mount Douglas Park near Ash Road.

When officers arrived, they saw some 200 young people dressed in red and white in the parking lot and down on the beach with more being dropped off in “a steady stream,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades, public information officer for the department.

Police also observed open alcohol consumption – some by underaged individuals – public intoxication and a lack of proper physical distancing.

READ ALSO: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

READ ALSO: Claremont Secondary students make amends after hate symbol used at grad party

“We certainly anticipated some gatherings last night of people wanting to celebrate Canada Day,” Anastasiades said. “However, this is a reminder that physical distancing measures are still in place in the province.”

He noted officers tasked with breaking up the event were “met with almost full cooperation.”

Most of the youth were respectful and agree to make their way home – many were picked up by parents, Anastasiades said. He added none of the intoxicated individuals needed medical attention.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

CoronavirusSaanich Police Department

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Annual artist studio tour goes virtual on Saanich Peninsula

ArtSea converts popular event to online format with personalized artist videos

Langford boy wakes up from surgery to find stuffed puppy wearing the same cast

Hospital staff outfitted ‘Eddy’ the puppy to match the young patient

Local Flavour: Youth take the lead in Victoria’s Pollinator Leadership Team

Guest writer Thompson Hygge, summer intern with Pollinator Partnership Canada

Flyover at B.C. Leg to commemorate National Peacekeepers’ Day

August 9 marks biggest single day loss of Canadian lives from peace operations

UVic political scientist wants B.C. pulp mills to help produce masks, gowns

Claire Cutler says Canada needs to become self-sufficient when manufacturing PPE

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Most Read