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HUDSON’S, HOPE, B.C. – Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to 40 calls for service between July 19th and August 18th. Highway and road safety continues to be a focus for the Hudson’s Hope RCMP. There has been an increased presence on the local waterways the past month as well. Boating regulations and safety have been checked with boaters in the area by the Hudson’s Hope RCMP.

On July 19th, 2021, a vehicle was reported stolen after it was recovered along Highway 29, broken down. Two individuals were identified as suspects with the assistance of the Fort St John Integrated Forensic Identification Section. A 29-year-old female and a 31-year-old male, from Alberta, were arrested and released with an upcoming court date to answer to charges of Theft of a motor vehicle and possession of property obtained by crime. (2021-255)

On July 22th, 2021, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a suspected attempted fraud. The complainant advised that phone calls and an e-mail were received from an alleged bank, stating the account was in arrears. The would be victim does not bank with the stated company, as such did not respond as it was feared this was a scam to steal money. Information was provided about the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center and it is advised that people visit this website to learn about all scams new and old. In this instance no money was lost. (2021-259)

While conducting stationary speed enforcement on Highway 29 in Hudson’s Hope on July 25th, 2021, a vehicle was stopped for speeding in the 70 km/h zone. An impaired operation of a motor vehicle investigation was launched. The driver was issued a notice of 24-hour driving prohibition for consuming marijuana while operating a vehicle. (201-260)

A found chainsaw and jerry can of fuel was turned into the Hudson’s Hope RCMP Detachment on August 4th, 2021. The items were located on Beryl Prairie road and may have fallen out of a vehicle, or accidently left behind. Recent files were searched; however, the items did not match any reports of stolen or missing chainsaws. If you are missing this equipment and can identify it, please contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP Detachment at 250-783-5241 and cite file 2021-272.

A theft of hanging flower pots from the 9000 block of Beattie Drive was reported to the Hudson’s Hope RCMP. Sometime overnight between August 5th and August 6th, 2021, the two large hanging flower pots were stolen. The investigation remains active and if you have any information regarding this theft, you are asked to contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP at 250-783-5241, or BC Crime Stoppers. (2021-275)

On August 7th, 2021, a theft of construction equipment from a construction site on Highway 29 near Farrell Creek was reported to the Hudson’s Hope RCMP. Sometime overnight, an unknown person(s) made off with several traffic cones, traffic barrels, traffic signs and sign holders. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP is requesting if anyone drove through this area and saw something suspicious, or has dash cam video from this area at this time to please contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP at 250-783-5241. (2021-277)

A driver was found to be driving at an excessive speed above the posted speed limit on August 15th, 2021. A Hudson’s Hope RCMP officer was conducting stationary radar speed enforcement on Highway 29 near Ross Street in Hudson’s Hope. A vehicle was found to be travelling 113km/h in the posted 70 km/h zone. The driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed under section 148(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act. (2021-289)

The Hudson’s Hope RCMP would like to remind residence that it’s that time of the year again where the big hungry, clawed, fluffy throw pillows venture into town and lay claims to the berry bushes and apple trees!

This month alone, the RCMP have received 15 different calls for what we believe to be on four different bears within a six-block area here in town.

Currently, Macintosh Cres, Adam’s St, Paquette St. and Dudley seem to be hot spots with bears being sighted on a regular occurrence.

RCMP and the BC Conservation Service are working together to persuade these grumpy balls of fluff to vacate the area so that they don’t need to be put down, but we also require the assistance of the local residents to pick and clean your fruit trees and any berry bushes that may be on your properties (As well as making sure all garbage is squared away and not stored outdoors until garbage day).

We are trying not to push fines but if a residence is found to have attractants that are not being dealt with, a fine of $300 can be issued for not dealing with an attractant for dangerous wildlife.

Nobody likes fines and everybody likes to keep their phalanges attached, so please, let’s work together and remove as much of these attractants as we can.

For any bear sightings within town, please contact the local RCMP (250-783-5241) or the BC Conservation Service (1-877-952-7277) so that they can be dealt with accordingly.

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