Hamilton

25 cars damaged as Stoney Creek RCMP detachment vandalized again

Hamilton police are once again investigating after the RCMP’s Stoney Creek detachment was vandalized for the second time in just a few months over the weekend.

Same detachment was also vandalized back in February

Hamilton police are investigating a second incident of vandalism at the RCMP detachment in Stoney Creek. (Adam Carter/CBC)

Hamilton police are once again investigating after the RCMP's Stoney Creek detachment was vandalized for the second time in just a few months over the weekend.

Const. Lorraine Edwards told CBC News that at some point from Saturday to Monday, 25 vehicles belonging to both the RCMP and employees were spray-painted with messages like "f-off RCMP" and "f-off pig."

"They were all hate messages toward police," she said.

She said the incident is "similar in nature" to an incident back in February, where the message "RCMP off Wet'suwet'en land" was painted along the west windows of the building, which is the old city hall building in Stoney Creek on Regional Road 8.

No official link has been made between the two incidents, she said. Officers are now gathering security camera footage and investigating, he said.

An anonymous blog post on Northshore Counter-Info — a southern Ontario anarchist blog — claimed responsibility for the initial action in February, saying a group carried it out as part of a protest against a contentious Coastal GasLink pipeline project in B.C.

The post said a "handful of determined folks had destroyed all electronic keypad entries to the building, filled the manual locks with superglue and toothpicks, and dismantled the entry and exit systems to their gated police vehicle lot."

People across Canada have protested this year in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en First Nation, where over a dozen people were arrested for protesting a planned natural gas pipeline in British Columbia.

Edwards could not immediately comment on the status of the initial investigation into the February incident. 

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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With files from Chantelle Bellrichard