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Vancouver police recommend 163 charges in Stanley Cup riot

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police are recommending that 60 people be chargedwith everything from assault to break and enter and taking part in ariot after last June's riot in the city's downtown.

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police are recommending that 60 people be charged with everything from assault to break and enter and taking part in a riot after last June's riot in the city's downtown.

Police Chief Jim Chu says police have recommended the Crown approve 163 charges against the 60 alleged rioters.

Chu told reporters that officers needed to spend the last four months on a vigorous investigation to ensure the most serious charges were laid against those who caused such extensive damage.

Police have been under intense pressure to lay charges after thousands of people lit fires, burned cars and looted stores following the Vancouver Canucks' loss in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup final.

As of mid-October, a total of 79 people had admitted involvement in the riot and spoken to investigators.

An earlier report released on the riot concluded police were overwhelmed by a massive and largely drunken crowd of people who poured into the downtown core to watch the game on large TV screens.

 
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