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Hudson's Hope Police Report — June 2020

Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to 32 calls for service between April 20 to May 12; 13 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers between the above dates.
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Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to 32 calls for service between April 20 to May 12; 13 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers between the above dates.

Though police across the province have slowed down with the traffic enforcement for safety protocols during this Covid-19 pandemic, Hudson’s Hope RCMP are still making presence patrols and conducting stops for high priority traffic offences as much as possible.

• On April 24, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of an identity theft/fraud file in which an individual had his identification information stolen and a credit card and cell phone account was opened up in his name without their knowledge. The fraud department has been involved and this continues to be an ongoing investigation.

• On April 26, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP and the fire department received a report of a structure fire in the Lynx Creek area. Fire was able to control and extinguish the flames before it spread to any adjoining properties and no injuries or damages were incurred. At this time, this file is being investigated as an arson and remains an ongoing investigation.

• On April 27, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a grass fire along the Kobes Creek forestry road in which BC Forestry was attending and stated that they were able to gain control of the fire. No known cause of the fire at this time.

• On May 1, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP and fire department received a report for a property/structure fire at a residence along Beryl Prairie Rd. Emergency responders attended scene and located several barns and structures on fire and the fire department was able to control and contain the flames from spreading to the main residence and or any adjoining properties. Source of ignition was unable to be determined.

• On May 2, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a brush fire in the area of Getty’s Bay. Police and Fire attended scene and located a two-hectare in size brush fire that was actively spreading throughout the area. Fire crews were able to gain control of the fire and later passed the scene onto the BC Wildfire crews. It was believed that the fire started from the exhaust of an ATV or dirt bike passing through the long dry grass. No injuries or property damage was incurred.

• On May 2, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report a person conducting an open burn of their yard within the township. Police attended the residence and found that the resident had burnt off a large section of their lawn contrary to the fire ban that is currently in place. Fines and penalties were discussed and presented to the resident. Police found themselves again having to educate residents to the hazards and safety concerns for having open fires and as to the reasons as to why there is a current fire ban.

• On May 3, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a young girl running around and possibly laying on the side of the road in the area of Canyon Dr / Portage Mountain Rd. Police attended and spoke with all parties involved and learned that the young female minor had been highly intoxicated the night prior due to being supplied alcohol by adults of responsibility which resulted in her running away from camp. Police confirmed that the minor was safe and fines for supplying a minor with liquor were issued.

• On May 3, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP were dispatched to a call of a single vehicle accident along Twelve Mile Rd. in which a vehicle had driven off the road, taken out a telephone pole, and the vehicle was now in flames. Police attended scene and found no persons in or around the vehicle. Fire department attended and extinguished the vehicle fire prior to it spreading to the nearby woods. At this time, the vehicle has been connected to a stolen vehicle file and is being investigated further for an aspect of fraud and remains an open file.

• On May 4, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of an elk shot/possible poaching along Twelve Mile Rd. Police attended the scene and located two individuals from the Moberly Lake area who had shot an elk under a status card but upon further investigation, it was found that the individual who shot the elk was unauthorized to possess firearms and also shot from a “no shoot area”, this being the 400m no shoot area that is designated along certain forestry service roads. The firearms were seized, criminal and Wildlife Act charges are being sought on the individual, and the elk was seized by Conservation and donated to a local food bank.

The Hudson’s Hope Fire department has been attending several calls in the past few weeks for open and or suspicious fires that could have caused detrimental safety concerns for the town. We are asking the community to review all the updated fire bans and information being that fuel conditions are very dry and even a small fire can spread quickly in our current conditions.

At this time, with the exception of small contained campfires, ALL burning activities throughout the province are prohibited.

Please call 9-1-1 immediately if you see a fire or smoke. Reporting fires quickly reduces the likelihood that property or critical infrastructures will be damaged, and reduces the risk to residents and responders.

Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the areas “Most Wanted” page.

This information was provided by Hudson's Hope RCMP. Email your community crime news and story tips to reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca.