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Vandals graffiti Erith, Lions parks

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Town staff work to remove graffiti from the outdoor rink at Erith Park on June 27.

Masha Scheele
Local Journalism Initiative

Hinton Parks staff completed the cleanup of graffiti that was discovered over the weekend in the Erith Park area and the area of Lions Park.

Hinton RCMP and the Town of Hinton responded to two incidents of vandalism following a report to the RCMP detachment of significant amounts of graffiti at 8 am on June 27. The RCMP stated in their release that it takes these offenses very seriously as they continue to investigate both incidents.

RCMP reported to the Town that they have enhanced patrol schedules and foot patrol locations to cover more area more frequently.

“Vandalism of this nature impairs all Hintonites equal ability to access our common spaces and facilities, and graffiti and other vandalism mitigation comes with relatively significant costs to the taxpayer by way of parks maintenance budgets. Please help the Town stand with the RCMP and work to report any suspicious behaviour to help prevent further acts of this nature,” stated Carla Fox, corporate services director and acting CAO.

Residents came out to the parks this weekend and volunteered to clean up the graffiti but were turned away as there were some concerns around the paint vandalism mitigation.

While the Town appreciated the support, they needed to control access to the scene to allow for RCMP to take photographs and other documentation of the scene.

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Graffiti messaging included references to Black Lives Matter, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, opposition to some pieces of government legislation and also negative and threatening  messages regarding the RCMP.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity in the Erith or Lions Park areas is encouraged to submit information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or via the text or web submission methods available on the crime stoppers website.

To identify suspects, police is requesting anyone with surveillance footage, dash camera recordings, or anyone who witnessed suspicious activity around the local parks between 10 pm on June 26, and 8 am on June 27, to contact Hinton RCMP at (780) 865-5544.