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'JOHN SWEEP' RESULTS IN 37 ARRESTS

A "John sweep" targeting customers of prostitutes in Ontario during the weekend netted Niagara Regional Police 37 men, including 15 Americans.

The latest sweep came during a weekend crackdown on other offenses, including traffic violations, theft and underage drinking in the Niagara Falls, Ont., region.

Niagara Regional Police said 22 Canadians were among those arrested in the John sweep. Included among the arrests were men from Cheektowaga, Grand Island, Buffalo, Lewiston and Niagara Falls, N.Y. The men ranged in age from 17 to 65.

Traffic officers wrote more than 300 summonses for stop sign and speeding violations and related traffic offenses. At least 37 cases of thefts from vehicles were cleared, and more than $30,000 in stolen property was recovered.

Regional Police said they also concentrated on reducing underage drinking, closing down a rowdy bar on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ont., for serving minors.

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