Candidate’s sign defaced

Police are investigating an incident of vandalism after a business sign was altered with derogatory racist and sexist slurs.

Police are investigating an incident of vandalism after a business sign was altered with derogatory racist and sexist slurs.

The incident was reported on Sunday when the Grasslands Nursery sign on Gartrell Road was defaced.

“Hate motivated crimes are very concerning and the Summerland RCMP are taking this incident seriously,” said Cpl. Bruce Haley of the Summerland RCMP detachment.

Toni Boot, owner of Grasslands Nursery, said this is the first time the sign has been defaced.

Haley said the last incident of similar slurs in Summerland was in the summer of 2013, when comments were spray-painted on fences along Solly Road.

Anyone with information on the Grasslands Nursery sign vandalism is asked to contact the Summerland RCMP at 250-494-7416 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.