Hundreds of offense notices handed out during community safety blitz

337 provincial offense notices have been handed out from a two-day community safety blitz conducted by Ottawa Police with help from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, by-law officers and OC Transpo.

Police say the initiative - which spread through the Byward Market, Lowertown, Sandy Hill, Vanier and Centretown - was meant to address ongoing community concerns.

The offenses mainly deal with trespassing, aggressive panhandling, having and consuming open liquor in public places, and traffic violations.

Eleven criminal and eight drug charges were also laid.

In addition, police say several violations at places with liqour licences were uncovered including serving to minors and filling past capacity, but that will be handled by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission.

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