British Columbia

Stanley Cup riot charges laid against youth

A young offender has been charged with a number of arson counts in connection with Vancouver's Stanley Cup riot in June, police say.

More charges against other individuals likely in the new year, police say

Crown prosecutors have laid more charges in connection with the riots that rocked Vancouver after the Stanley Cup final last June.

Vancouver police announced Tuesday that a 17-year-old boy from B.C.'s Lower Mainland has been charged with taking part in a riot and three counts of arson.

His identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Police said charges have now been laid against 28 people believed to have looted cars and buildings in the city's downtown core after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup on June 15.

To date, the Integrated Riot Investigation Team has recommended 215 charges against 80 individuals — but the actual laying of charges in B.C. is done by prosecutors, not police.

Insp. Les Yeo said the work of identifying rioters is still not over.

"The public can expect more rioters' pictures [posted on the internet] for identification, more arrests and more charges [recommended] to Crown by early 2012."