Wayne Gretzky statue vandalized in Brantford

Police in Brantford are examining videotape as they investigate vandalism to new statues of hockey great Wayne Gretzky in his hometown less than 48 hours after they were unveiled.
A statue of a young Wayne Gretzky was defaced in Brantford. (Brantford Police)

Police in Brantford are examining videotape as they investigate vandalism to new statues of hockey great Wayne Gretzky in his hometown.

Police say they have a video that was forwarded to them of Monday's overnight vandalism, which involved someone defacing the statues with spray paint.

But they say they have made no arrests yet in the defacing of the statues honouring the Great One, which were publicly unveiled Sunday outside the newly renovated Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

    The statues depict Gretzky holding the Stanley Cup over his head in victory, and as a youth with his parents by his side.

    Brantford Mayor Chris Friel calls the vandalism "disgraceful" and a "crime against the community."

    Crews were at the scene Tuesday, cleaning off the spray paint.

    Police are asking residents with information about the vandalism to call Det. Mark Whitworth at 519-756-0113, ext. 2262.

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