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Two Burnaby men formally charged in Stanley Cup riot

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Two Burnaby men are among the first 25 suspects to be formally charged in connection with the Stanley Cup riot last June 15.

Vancouver Police Department announced Wednesday that Crown counsel had approved the first group of charges—61 charges against 25 suspected rioters.

Timothy Kwong, 30, has been charged with arson while Alexander Pennington, 21, has been charged with break-and-enter. Both were also charged with participating in a riot.

VPD had recommended 163 charges against 60 suspects on Oct. 31.

“We are very encouraged by the approval of these 61 charges and we will continue to work closely with the special prosecution team as even more charges are expected in the coming days and weeks,” said Insp. Les Yeo, head of the Integrated Riot Investigation Team.

"Having seen the incredible amount of work that went into the investigation on the front end, I realize what this Crown team was up against when we delivered the 163 charges for approval. Each report on each suspected rioter was well over 500 pages in length."

VPD is finalizing the next batch of charge recommendations to be forwarded to Crown counsel in coming weeks.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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