2 byelection campaign signs set on fire in southeast Calgary

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2 byelection campaign signs set on fire in southeast Calgary

Calgary Police are searching for a suspect they believe set two federal byelection campaign signs on fire near the Deer Ridge neighbourhood.

The first sign was torched at Canyon Meadows Drive and Parkland Boulevard S.E. at about 5:20 a.m., with the second set on fire about 20 minutes later at Canyon Meadows Drive and Bow Bottom Trail S.E.

"We have a witness who reported that a person had set fire to a sign, and had taken off to a nearby apartment complex," said Det. Andy Nguyen. "So we have the area contained."

Officers brought in the canine unit to help search for the suspect and arson investigators were also called in, he said.

Federal byelections in two city ridings — Calgary-Midnapore and Calgary-Heritage — are scheduled for April 3. 

The torched signs both appear to have been for Haley Brown, the Liberal candidate in Calgary-Midnapore. 

There were two other suspicious fires were set in dumpsters in the area overnight, Nguyen said.

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