RCMP called after van­dals mar sign at future site of mosque, churches

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - VIN­CENT MC­DER­MOTT vm­c­der­mott@post­media.com

Wood Buffalo RCMP were in­ves­ti­gat­ing graf­fiti left on a com­mu­nity sign near the future site of a mosque and two churches in the north­ern part of Fort McMurray.

Po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity at 9 a.m. Tues­day re­gard­ing graf­fiti left on the en­trance sign for Abra­ham’s Land­ing.

Con­struc­tion for the Fort McMurray Is­lamic Cen­tre is cur­rently be­ing done at the site. Future plans for the land in­clude the con­struc­tion of Ro­man Catholic and Protes­tant churches.

The graf­fiti was re­moved by 10 a.m.

Mayor Don Scott con­demned the in­ci­dent at the start of Tues­day evening ’s coun­cil meet­ing.

“I re­sist racism, big­otry and hate of all kinds,” he said. “It’s an im­por­tant day to say that and to let our neigh­bours know, es­pe­cially our Mus­lim neigh­bours know, that we stand with them.”

RCMP were ask­ing peo­ple to con­tact them if they wit­nessed the graf­fiti be­ing ap­plied, or have any sur­veil­lance footage or dash cam­era record­ings of the in­ci­dent. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve it likely took place be­tween 6 p.m. Mon­day and 8:30 a.m. Tues­day.

“We’re cur­rently con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine in­volve­ment, whether if it was one per­son or a bunch of kids,” said RCMP spokesper­son Cpl. Ter­iAnn Deobald.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion was asked to con­tact po­lice at 780788-4040. Tips can be sent anony­mously to Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on­line at www.tip­sub­mit.com.

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