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Six teens charged in vandalism of local town square

Police say washrooms were damaged Wednesday at Innisfil Beach Road site
Grand opening of the new Innisfil Town Square took place on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

South Simcoe police have charged six teenagers after the public washrooms were damaged at the new Town Square on Innisfil Beach Road.

Police were called Wednesday night around 8 p.m., after the vandalism was reported.

The young suspects were located nearby and placed them under arrest.

As a result of the investigation, three boys and three girls from Innisfil, all of whom are 13 and 14 years old, were charged with mischief under $5,000. Their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The youths were released to their parents with a future court date.

"Damaging or defacing property belonging to another person or the public is a criminal offence. The costs of vandalism affect everyone in addition to negatively impacting public spaces created for the enjoyment of residents and visitors," police said in a news release. 

"The South Simcoe Police Service will not tolerate this behaviour and we encourage residents to call us immediately if they see this type of incident."

A grand opening was held in late-January for the Town Square, which is located between Lakeside Retirement and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s Lakeshore branch at 971 Innisfil Beach Rd.

The space also includes an ice-skating trail, splash pad, fire pit, and playground, as well as stage and event space.