The Kings District RCMP is investigating a report of damage to fishing gear in Launching, PEI.
On June 21, 2021, police received a report of several buoys that had been cut from lobster traps along a trap line near the wharf in Launching. One of the buoys was removed from the water and painted with a profanity referencing the owner's ethnic background.
"The RCMP is taking this incident very seriously, and it will be investigated thoroughly, including whether it was racially motivated," says Sgt. Leanne Butler of the Kings District RCMP. "There is no place for hate in our communities. We are asking anyone who has information that could assist our investigation to contact police."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that may help the investigation is asked to contact the Kings District RCMP at 902-838-9300. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The investigation is continuing.