Carnival brings fun, food and fights in Campbell River

Campbell River

2021-08-23 07:04 PDT

Campbell River RCMP responded to at least ten calls for service at the carnival grounds on August 21st, 2021 between 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm

Everybody loves the carnival, I mean who wouldn't, cotton candy, candied apples, rides that churn all that stuff up in your belly and the games, oh the games that you've been trying to win since you were three, but at 40 plus years old you still can't manage to win more than a small stuffed Ms. Pacman (circa 1983).

Apparently that kind of fun was just too much for many people on Saturday night, August 21st. Local RCMP responded to ten calls for service and dealt with multiple other issues at the carnival without files.

The night kicked off when a 24 yr old man who was well known to police was causing a disturbance by being intoxicated and bothering almost everyone in sight which spilled over into a large fight in the parking lot of the Brandt Rd Shell Station. A panic alarm was set off notifying police and as luck would have it the young man had active warrants for his arrest and he was held in police custody for court.

The shenanigans continued when officers located a 26 yr old female walking away from the carnival in a highly intoxicated state, screaming and yelling and waving her arms in anger at passers by. An officer supervised the female and arranged for a safe pick up for her.

At 10:20 pm officers responded to a report of an 18 yr old male who was highly intoxicated and trying to fight random people at the fair grounds. The young man's actions resulted with him being bear sprayed in the face, but he was not willing to disclose to police who had sprayed him or what had transpired before hand.

Multiple small altercations continued to occur in the area with intoxicated teens and adults who just didn't seem to understand that the carnival was supposed to be for fun.

It's disheartening that fun events like carnivals have to ruined by a few people who think it's an excellent place to demonstrate their drunken or drugged out prowess in fighting and flirting, said Cst Maury Tyre. I spoke to several younger people the following day and instead of talking about the rides and treats and the fun they had, what they talked about was the fights and the smell of drugs and liquor. Quite frankly, adults who venture into an event targeted for the fun of young people and families and act as if common social decency doesn't apply to them should be ashamed of themselves and it is simply not acceptable. These individuals succeeded in turning positive childhood memories for some into a teaching point for kids' parents, to show their children how not to act.

If you have been a victim of crime or need to report a suspicious incident, please contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or in an emergency call 911.

Released by

Cst. Maury Tyre

Media Relations Officer
Campbell River RCMP
275 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River BC V9W 8C8
Office: 250-286-6221
Cell: 250-895-1468
Fax: 250-286-3983

Email: maury.tyre@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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