The Fernie Aquatic Centre was severely vandalized over the Thanksgiving weekend as Elk Valley RCMP said rocks and bricks were thrown through several windows and doors.
According to Elk Valley RCMP, the vandalism occurred the night of Sunday, October 13, 2019, as they went to inspect the facility the following morning.
“Shards of glass extensively littered the interior and may have also polluted the swimming pool,” said police. “During this night, the Elk Valley RCMP Detachment were kept busy with calls regarding a reported sexual assault, a suicidal person, a weapons complaint, as well as looking for a vehicle that fled from a traffic stop.”
Elk Valley RCMP said that several people were also found in downtown Fernie carrying open liquor, resulting in a $368 fine under the Liquor Control Act. Although not directly connected, RCMP said they are investigating the vandalism and are looking for any and all information that may prove relevant.
Anyone that may have additional information is asked to contact the Elk Valley RCMP detachment in Fernie at 250-423-4404 or to provide an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The City of Fernie said the Fernie Aquatic Centre would be closed Tuesday, October 15, 2019, as a result of the vandalism. The public will be notified by the City of Fernie once the Aquatic Centre is once again open.