St. Thomas police seek tips after $20K damage at Pinafore Park

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St. Thomas police are asking for the public’s help as they probe $20,000 in “senseless damage” at a popular park recently.

Benches were broken, signs stolen and slides “punctured several times” at Pinafore Park, south of Elm Street, over several weeks, St. Thomas police's Tanya Calvert said. “That made it unsafe for the kids to use, so they had to shut it down.”

No arrests have been made, police said.

St. Thomas Mayor Joe Preston said Pinafore Park was the “beautiful heart and soul of the community,” and the city will do whatever it can to keep it that way.

While most damage has been repaired, the city has discussed with police and parks staff how they can “better deal” with the issue, Preston said. “None of us want this to occur, and so we'll keep our eyes and ears open to make it not happen.”

Police patrol the park regularly, but ask the public to report any suspicious activity or damage at 519-631-1224.

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Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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