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Two more arrested after St. Patrick's Day riot in London

Rioters taunt police with jeers and a green laser pointer during a riot in London, Ont.

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Two more people have been arrested following a St. Patrick's Day riot in London, Ont., bringing the total charged to 15.

London police say a total of 19 charges have been laid, including unlawful assembly, assaulting a police officer with a weapon, obstructing police, resisting arrest and mischief under $5,000.

Twelve of the arrests are for criminal code offences, while three fall under the Liquor Licence Act and relate to intoxication in a public place.

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Of all those arrested, police say, six are currently students of Fanshawe College.

The college said Monday that eight students had been suspended and were facing expulsion after the massive street fire that was fuelled by an intoxicated crowd of about 1,000 revellers who attacked police and firefighters.

A spokeswoman for the college says that figure hasn't changed.

London police have been going through video and witness statements, and say they've received more than 150 tips through email and phone calls, as well as Crime Stoppers.

Const. Dennis Rivest says the investigation is ongoing and he fully expects more people will face charges.

Jacob Biggelar, 19, Jordan DeRose, 18, Peter Donohoe, 19, Michael King, 19, Blaine Mills, 21, Kory Puklicz, 19, Michael Moore, 20, Ryan McMahon, 24, as well as two 15-year olds who cannot be named, are all facing charges of unlawful assembly.

Mr. Moore and Mr. McMahon are also charged with mischief under $5,000.

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Brian Garton, 25, and Stephania Smieja-Henry, 20 are facing charges of obstructing police. Smieja-Henry is also charged with resisting arrest.

One of the 15-year-old suspects and Mr. Mills are each charged with two counts of assaulting police with a weapon.

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