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Campfire leads to arrest at Guelph skatepark

Guelph prohibits outdoor recreational fires - failure to comply is an offence and carries a fine of up to $50,000
Guelph Police
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It wasn't hard to track down a suspect in Guelph, as smoke signals led police right to him.

Public Information Officer Josh Fraser tells 570 NEWS that Guelph Police were called to the Silvercreek Skatepark on Tuesday morning.

"The skatepark is located at Wellington Street and Edinburgh Road - and the call was in regards to small camp fire that was observed. When police attended, they ended up speaking with a 50-year-old man, who was on conditions not to be at the skate park - and he was subsequently arrested for breaching his conditions."

Fraser is reminding everyone that outdoor recreational fires aren't allowed in the Royal City.

"In terms of City of Guelph bylaw, they even have fire stipulations - like if you're going to have a backyard fire, it has to be for cooking purposes only. So we need to abide by those rules and regulations over the summer months. If you see some sort of open fire or open flame - give Guelph Police a call, as we can come investigate. It's going to get drier in the coming days and fire can spread quite quickly, so it can be quite dangerous."

To learn more about Guelph's open air burning regulations, click here.
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