B.C. police looking for witnesses to statue beheading, graffiti spree

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VICTORIA — Police in Victoria are asking for help from the public who may know something about the beheading of a royal statue and a recent rash of graffiti in the city.

There were numerous acts of spray-paint vandalism on Tuesday which targeted businesses and public and city-owned property.

Police say in a statement that the graffiti specifically references Beacon Hill Park, the site of a long-running tent encampment.

They're also asking for help recovering the head removed from a statue of the Queen located in the same park.

Officers were called to the area near the park's petting zoo on Wednesday for reports of the damaged statue.

Despite both being acts of vandalism, police say the two incidents have not been linked.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2021.

The Canadian Press