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Damage to Barrie's rainbow crosswalk 'an intentional act,' police say

This marks the second time someone has purposely vandalized the crosswalk on Simcoe Street near Meridian Place

For the second time in two years, someone has purposely vandalized the rainbow crosswalk in downtown Barrie, police say. 

City police hope someone can lead them to the culprit who did a burnout on the downtown Barrie crosswalk last week.

The damage to the brightly coloured crosswalk across Simcoe Street, near Meridian Place, was noticed on Friday.

Barrie police communications co-ordinator Jennett Mays told BarrieToday the fresh tire marks look intentional.

“The crosswalk has not received any damage like this for about two years. It certainly seems like an intentional act and we are in the midst of investigating further,” she said. 

The rainbow crosswalk was unveiled on July 3, 2019, and it took less than two weeks for skid marks to damage the paint.

“We certainly have cameras downtown and police will be checking them to see if anyone can be identified, but it is very early in the investigation,” Mays said. “Right now, we are hoping someone can help with information on something they may know.”

Police are asking the public for assistance on the damage that appears to have taken place between July 22 and 23.

Anyone with info on this damage is asked to contact cmanna@barriepolice.ca or call 705-725-7025, ext. 2550.

Last week in Wasaga Beach, someone also dumped buckets of paint on a similar rainbow crosswalk. Ontario Provincial Police are investigating. 

The rainbow was created at the intersection of Mosley and 39th streets in front of the Wasaga Beach Youth Centre on July 14. The damage occurred on July 20. 

The town has been able to clean the poured paint off of the crosswalk. An official unveiling of the new crosswalk is planned for today.