LAV III monument at the Cobourg Afghanistan Memorial in the Town of Cobourg vandalized

Sometime between the evening of Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3rd, the Light Armoured Vehicle III (LAV) Monument at 700 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg, was defaced with spray paint. Damaging property is a criminal act, known as mischief under section 430 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The Cobourg Police Service Forensic Identification Services team has processed the site, and the Town of Cobourg Parks and Recreation staff have removed the graffiti.

 “Having your personal opinion is fair. It is in the Canadian Charter of Rights, but when you deface someone else’s property, that becomes a criminal issue. Someone decided to deface a memorial to war veterans – a complete disregard for the thousands of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served and the 162 Canadians who died for peace and freedom to the people of Afghanistan,”  says Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. Defacing a memorial dishonours those who sacrificed their lives, their families and the women and men who served that continue to struggle with those invisible wounds that come with their sacrifice. It’s a disgrace, and I ask anyone that has information to come forward.”

The Cobourg Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward. Anyone in the area of 700 D’Arcy Street between Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, who saw anything suspicious or may have dash camera footage, please call police at 905-372-6821 to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at

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