Weekend violence on the Victoria Park ice rink

Violent incidents at the Victoria Park ice rink led to the arrest of four young people and numerous witnesses wondering if they would return.

Vanessa Armstrong was there for one of the incidents.

“It was like a twilight zone, like it came out of nowhere. These children were now hitting parents in the face, young girls.”

Armstrong was there Sunday night when she took four young people on a trip from the therapy residence she works for in Parkhill.

“All of a sudden there was this huge ground brawl going on all over the rink like these older teens joining in … this bunch of younger kids and hitting the women and the kids.”

London police were called to the scene

Const. Sandasha Bough said: “Two teenage girls sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident and four youngsters were arrested by police. A woman was 11 years old and has therefore not been charged in connection with the incident.

Once Armstrong’s account was posted online, more and more people started talking about similar incidents, such as Hannah Daele and Nolan Armstrong, who were at the rink on Friday night.

Daele explained, “And they kept trying to hit you, you know, it’s like a circle of skaters. They kept trying to walk in the skaters. And finally I skate next to one of them and she started to back up and almost hit me.

Armstrong added, “They have like 14, 13 swear words, and one of them told me to put my dukes on and call me the N word. I’m like, what are you talking about?”

The City of London declined to be interviewed, but responded to an email request for comment.

“The Victoria Park ice rink is supervised by city staff and there is security on site as well. On Saturday evening security personnel were involved and we are working with the London Police Service in relation to this incident. “

The youths arrested on Sunday evening were not charged as police chose a different route based on the age of the offenders, Bough said.

“The police examined and eventually put the other three, two men and a woman, in what is called the Société Saint-Léonard diversion program. just as much as the justice system.

City Hall said it will review the circumstances at the Victoria Park ice rink and tighten security measures if necessary.

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