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More Burnaby residents facing charges in riot

Four Burnaby residents are among the latest people to be considered for charges in connection with the Stanley Cup riot last June 15.

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) announced Monday it had recommended to Crown 52 charges against 20 more suspected rioters. They join 60 suspected rioters facing 163 criminal charges which were announced Oct. 31.

The latest batch of recommended charges are against 16 male and four female suspects, ranging in age from 15 to 27 years at the time of the riot. Six are under 18 years old.

Police are recommending a charge of participating in a riot against all the suspects, with five being the most charges recommended against one individual.

Surrey joins Burnaby as the city with the most residents facing charges in this round, at four. This batch of recommended charges includes suspects from as far away as Tofino, Prince George, Lethbridge, Alberta, and Blaine, Washington.

To this point, police have recommended a total of 215 charges against 80 suspects to Crown. So far, Crown counsel has approved 69 charges against 27 suspected rioters who had all either turned themselves in or been arrested.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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