Drunken partyers jailed in Vancouver, but no gang violence rings in new year

They partied like it’s 2012, and now several revellers are starting the new year in the slammer.

They partied like it’s 2012, and now several revellers are starting the new year in the slammer.

Police in Vancouver arrested 17 people overnight for intoxication in a public place, 31 people for breach of the peace and charged 19 people with criminal offences.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a stabbing call in the city’s Downtown Eastside where they found a Surrey, B.C. man suffering chest wounds.

The 22-year-old was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but no one was arrested.

Officers with the city’s gang unit also patrolled the downtown entertainment districts and P.N.E. grounds, having earlier warned the public of potential violence, but Const. Jana McGuinness says no incidents of that kind materialized.

In Victoria, police arrested a 17-year-old boy after a fight around 12:30 a.m. sent a man to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say they arrived at the scene to find witnesses holding down the suspect, and several of those people were then treated for minor injuries.