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Police find Londoners loud but ruly on St. Paddy's day

Noise complaints were the source of most calls to London police on St. Patrick's Day with few charges laid and an unknown number of bylaw offences under investigation. 

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A group of young people on St. Patrick's Day 2021 near Western University in London. (Sara Jabakhanji/ CBC News)

Noise complaints were the source of most calls to London police on St. Patrick's Day with few charges laid and an unknown number of bylaw offences under investigation. 

London Police said Thursday they responded to 48 addresses where noise, parties or gathering size were a concern. They said two people were charged in relation to liquor offences. 

As for whether people were respecting the rules around gathering size, which are 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors for London's orange restriction level, police said they were continuing to investigate. 

Police also checked 26 restaurants and bars to ensure they were following protocols that allow up to 50 people inside and only four people sitting together at one table. All were compliant. 

"I'm proud that, for the most part, Londoners celebrated St. Patrick's Day responsibly, whether at home or in local pubs and restaurants," said London Mayor Ed Holder.

"We are in the midst of a time when COVID-19 is not only present in London, but case numbers appear to be trending slightly higher.

London reported 28 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 22 on St. Patrick's Day. The city has been marking double digit case counts almost every day in March.

The health unit is waiting on lab results for 37 cases deemed to be a variant mutation of the coronavirus. 

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