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400 calls for police service on Homecoming Saturday

One man was charged with assault with a weapon after a can of bear spray was discharged in a crowd
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The crowd at Chancellors Way grows bigger throughout the afternoon.

Guelph police and city bylaw officers were kept busy Saturday, responding to 400 calls on Homecoming day, double what they usually get.

A Toronto man faces charges after bear spray was discharged into the large unsanctioned gathering on Chancellor's Way early Sunday morning.

"Shortly after midnight, approximately 3,000 young people were still gathered on Chancellors Way when a can of bear spray was discharged, causing several people to suffer the effects of the noxious substance. A responsible male was pointed out by witnesses on scene and arrested," police report.

A 20-year-old Toronto man is charged with assault with a weapon and administering a noxious substance.

Bylaw officials. responded to more than three dozen noise complaints, issuing four provincial offence notices for loud music, and issued nearly 230 parking offence notices.

On Saturday afternoon a RIDE spot check on College Avenue saw around 1,000 vehicles stopped over four hours.

One driver was arrested for impaired operation and another was arrested for driving while prohibited. Ten other drivers were asked to provide roadside breath samples, with nine passing and one issued a three-day suspension for registering a warning on the device.