A comma before "and" that joins two independent clauses

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A comma before "and" that joins two independent clauses

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My English teacher and this website (https://www.grammar-monster.com/lessons ... ctions.htm) said that we should use a comma before a conjunction that joins two independent clauses. Yet, why the following sentence does not have a comma before "and"? This sentence is from the Collins dictionaries.

All through yesterday crowds have been arriving and by midnight thousands of people packed the square.

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Re: A comma before "and" that joins two independent clauses

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I think you'll find that that rule holds primarily for AmE (Collins is a BrE dictionary).
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