Cenotaph light vandalized

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PARRSBORO A memorial to those from this community who sacrificed their lives at war was damaged in an apparent act of vandalism last weekend.

Its a wanton act of vandalism, said Keith Odlin, vice-president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45, which maintains the town-owned property. I dont condone this type of destruction on anything, but to pick on a cemetery or a cenotaph and what it stands for I believe its a heinous crime.

The discovery was made Friday evening, when local business owner Tony MacKenzie noticed smoke coming from the light. Closer inspection revealed it to be broken from its metal post.

It was pretty obvious that someone broke it off, said MacKenzie, who reported the incident to the police. Const. Jeff Davidson of the local RCMP would say only that the matter is under investigation and they are still looking into it.

Cenotaph light vandalized

PARRSBORO A memorial to those from this community who sacrificed their lives at war was damaged in an apparent act of vandalism last weekend.

Its a wanton act of vandalism, said Keith Odlin, vice-president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45, which maintains the town-owned property. I dont condone this type of destruction on anything, but to pick on a cemetery or a cenotaph and what it stands for I believe its a heinous crime.

The discovery was made Friday evening, when local business owner Tony MacKenzie noticed smoke coming from the light. Closer inspection revealed it to be broken from its metal post.

It was pretty obvious that someone broke it off, said MacKenzie, who reported the incident to the police. Const. Jeff Davidson of the local RCMP would say only that the matter is under investigation and they are still looking into it.

He would also not confirm whether or not the police believe the incident was connected to another act of vandalism outside Parrsboro Regional High School on Thursday night, which saw a security camera damaged. An adult male was arrested and charged in relation to that incident.

To break the light at the cenotaph would take a considerable amount of force, according to Odlin, and Mayor Doug Robinson agreed.

Its one thing if someone mistakenly bumped into it and knocked it over, but from what I understand this was done on purpose, he said. Its just disrespect for things that are respectful.

The incident comes barely a month after merchant Diane Campbell asked town council to consider installing security cameras on Main Street to curb vandalism. The mayor said they have yet to make a final decision on the matter, although he is doubtful cameras would be the answer.

He expressed doubts about the usability of camera footage as evidence in court, and said they could even create liability problems for the town.

Cameras are not the be all end all, although it might be something wed want to try for a little while, he said. With summer coming on this is only going to get worse, especially if we dont stop it now.

Its the second act of vandalism at the cenotaph in recent weeks, according to Odlin, who said another light was broken with a rock. He is hoping that someone comes forward with information to help the police catch the person responsible.

The only reason you have a right to go down there and do anything is because of those guys who went over and made the sacrifice, he said.

Theres no excuse for this.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion Branch, RCMP, Parrsboro Regional High School

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