RCMP looking for suspects in Kinsol Trestle vandalism
Shawnigan Lake RCMP and the Cowichan Valley Regional District are looking for culprits in a recent case of vandalism at the historic Kinsol Trestle.
Sgt. Rob Webb with the Shawnigan Lake RCMP said they will be keeping a closer eye on the trails this spring and summer, as they've noticed more traffic in the area since the Kinsol Trestle opened in September.
“In the Renfrew Rd. area, and it’s everything: It’s vehicle traffic, foot traffic, bicycle traffic, unfortunately unregistered ATVs,” he explained. “We are doing our best to have more of a presence out there and working with the CVRD to educate folks.”
The vandals reportedly destroyed metal bollards—the posts blocking motorized vehicles from accessing the historic bridge.
The Kinsol Trestle was restored last September and is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley trail route. The area director for Cobble Hill and former chair of the CVRD, Gerry Giles, is disappointed vandals would target such an important engineering marvel and points out that it’s meant for horses, bikes and people, not ATVs and quads.
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