Lanarkist

Police looking for suspects after Carleton Place beach, soccer field vandalized

Photos submitted by OPP

Lanark OPP are reporting further incidents of vandalism in Carleton Place, and police are hoping the public can provide assistance in tracking down those responsible for “extensive damage” to recreational facilities in town.

The OPP’s Media Relations Officer Bill Dickson told Lanarkist that police “can’t speculate on any potential connection” between incidents of vandalism in Carleton Place reported last week, but “the nature of the incidents is quite different.”

A June 13 media release explains that the first incident happened at the soccer field, at the intersection of Woodward and Boyd Streets, in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 9, around 2:30 a.m. 

Then, on June 10, around 12:30 a.m., police say “the same culprits caused damage to the grounds at the Riverside Park Beach area on John Street.”  

In both incidents, a grey Jeep and two small motorcycles (mini-bikes or pocket bikes) were “being driven recklessly, deliberately causing extensive damage,” police say.

The OPP has released photos (above) of the two of the vehicles and individuals believed to be responsible.

“Vandalism is a crime and those responsible can face criminal charges,” the media release reads. “It also costs the municipality and community money to repair the damage and impacts local kids who play soccer on these fields.” 

If anyone has any information, or has relevant dashcam or doorbell video, they should contact the Lanark County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If someone wants to provide information, but remain anonymous, they should call Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


ACCESS TO LOCAL NEWS IS AT RISK.

Over the last decade, Ontarians living in rural areas, towns and small cities have witnessed legacy media outlets slashing budgets for local newsrooms, if not closing them completely, and a resulting decline of journalistic oversight in these communities. The problem of disappearing journalism was exacerbated in the summer of 2023, when Meta chose to block all trusted Canadian news from its platforms, most notably Facebook, to which many Canadians turned with the advent of instantly available internet news. With Google threatening to do the same with the impending passing of Bill C-18, it may seen on the surface that access to local news is facing unprecedented roadblocks.

At Hometownist, we believe that the future of local journalism lies with independently owned media delivering news that matters directly to the community. Amid the bullying tactics of big tech giants and greedy, top-heavy legacy media companies, Hometownist (which encompasses Brockvilleist, Lanarkist and Quinteist) aims to be an oasis of truth in an otherwise encroaching news desert.

But we need your help to keep this news coming.

When you subscribe to Brockvilleist, Lanarkist, or Quinteist, not only will you unlock ad-free priority access to every single article, but you will also receive a daily e-newsletter delivered to your inbox highlighting stories that are important to you, without depending on any third-party social media site or search engine that has decided what you should or shouldn’t be able to read.

Not only that, you’ll also be supporting our local journalists and publishing team who work hard every day of the year to bring you trusted news and information.

We believe that access to accurate, relevant, locally-informed news is integral to a healthy community and democracy. If you believe the same, click here to subscribe to the Lanarkist.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You cannot copy content of this page