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Vancouver police announce more recommended charges in Stanley Cup riots

Ian Wightman, Manager of Facilities at the Vancouver Police Department's Property & Forensic Storage facility, shows evidence relating to investigations into the Stanley Cup riot during a media tour on Tuesday January 24, 2012.

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Vancouver police have announced more recommended charges in the Stanley Cup riots, which occurred two years ago.

The force said Wednesday they have recommended 34 criminal charges against 10 individuals – the youngest aged 15 – to the Crown.

It will now be up to the Crown to decide whether to proceed with the recommended charges, which include 12 recommended charges of mischief 10 recommended charges of participating in a riot, 10 such recommended charges of break and enter, one for assault and one for arson.

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VPD Constable Brian Montague, speaking for the force, told reporters that one charge involved an individual involved in the destruction of a police car. "It was a write-off," he said.

Nine of the individuals cited in the VPD report are male, the force said.

Constable Montague said it has been rare for police to not lay any charges against targeted individuals.

While the Crown may not lay all recommended charges against an individual, they have usually laid some, he said.

The average age in the latest round of individuals is 20, and three are accused as young offenders because they are under age 18.

Constable Montague said he was not surprised at the 15-year-old in the files, noting police have recommended charges against other young offenders.

The most charges against one individual is nine.

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Four of the accused are from Burnaby, three from Vancouver, two from North Vancouver and one from Surrey.

Over all, the Crown has approved 650 criminal charges against 213 suspected rioters – 287 men and 38 women.

Constable Montague said police are planning to recommend further charges against other individuals – possibly two rounds of 10 each – but he could not be specific on timetables.

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Ian Bailey is a Vancouver-based reporter for The Globe and Mail.  He covers politics and general news. Prior to arriving at The Globe and Mail, he reported from Toronto and St. John’s for The Canadian Press.  He has also covered British Columbia for CP, The National Post and The Province. More

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