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Courtenay police want info after protest vandalism

Jun 10 2012

Comox Valley RCMP are asking the public for help identifying individuals who may be responsible for protest signs and posters glued to public and private property throughout Courtenay last week.

Police say the signs and posters targeted the Raven Underground Coal Project, and could cost taxpayers between $2,000 and $5,000 to remove, depending how much damage is done to the underlying surfaces during the removal process.

Police say the signs were found in downtown Courtenay and as far south as 26th Street.

The RCMP received a report of the vandalism on Monday, which they say coincided with a "boisterous" protest in front of the Bank of Montreal on England Avenue.

"Some people within the group had their faces concealed, there was banging on windows and doors at the bank, yelling at the police and the staff," the RCMP said in a statement.

"Some people blocked traffic while others climbed onto the roof of the bank and hung a banner protesting the coal project. Some bank employees as well as the public were frightened by the behaviour displayed."

Anyone with information is asked to call the local detachment at 250338-1321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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