‘Not welcome here’: Goderich’s message to ‘unauthorized’ car rallies

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Provincial police are warning of a potential “unsolicited and unauthorized gathering of cars” in Goderich this weekend, saying roads may be closed to stop illegal activity and disturbances.

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The Huron County Ontario Provincial Police issued a statement warning attendees who may be considering a rally in Goderich: “You are not welcome here.

The possible weekend gathering could be modeled on recent activity at Wasaga Beach that has led to “unlawful acts including mischief, dangerous driving, impaired driving, disturbing the peace, breaking and entering and other offences, police warn.

City staff and police are working together to protect the citizens of Goderich from the possible weekend event, the Ontario Provincial Police said.

“Responsible and respectful visitors who follow the law are always encouraged to visit the Town of Goderich,” Acting Mayor Myles Murdock said in a statement.

“The Ontario Provincial Police have all the resources necessary to deal with this unauthorized car rally. I ask residents who witness illegal activities to refrain from intervening to stop them. Instead, please report this activity to the police immediately and allow them to do their job. »

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Roads could be closed and traffic could be blocked amid the rally and police response, the Ontario Provincial Police have warned. Residents will be notified by broadcast via media and Twitter of specific delays or closures as they become known.

“Should an unauthorized car rally attempt to come to Goderich this weekend, I want to reassure our local citizens that we are fully prepared and have the police resources to protect our community,” said Huron OPP Insp. said Jason Younan.

Huron OPP and city staff recognize the negative impact these illegal events can have on a community. Therefore, significant resources will be used to protect and serve Goderich.

Police issued a statement on Friday saying that “responsible, respectful and legal visitors are always welcome”, but those who engage in risky, illegal and dangerous behaviors and actions are asked to stay at home.

All roads remain open for travel in Goderich unless otherwise noted.

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