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Surrey RCMP investigating death-threat sprayed on garage door in Clayton Heights

Ivan Scott says residence belongs to KTRIS supporter and suspects crime tied to election
Police are investigating death-threat graffiti sprayed on a garage door in Clayton Heights over the weekend. (Submitted photo)

Surrey Mounties are investigating a death threat that was spray-painted on the garage door of a residence in Clayton Heights over the weekend.

Ivan Scott, founder of Keep the RCMP in Surrey, says the resident is a “supporter” of KTRIS but he wouldn’t reveal who.

“I’m not going to say who that is, we’ve got really not too much to say right now regarding that. The police are looking into it,” Scott told the Now-Leader on Monday.

Asked if he think it’s connected to the civic election, Scott replied, “it seems more than just coincidence that this would happen.

“I would assume that it is connected with the election, yes.”

“It is horrible.”

KTRIS has been a vociferous opponent of the city’s transition to the Surrey Police Service from the RCMP and has also endorsed mayoral candidate Brenda Locke and her Surrey Connect slate heading into the election.

For her part, Locke stated in a press release that “This is reprehensible behavior. It’s utterly unacceptable and I hope the police find the criminal and deal with it in the strongest way possible” and “Our hearts go out to the volunteer and their family.”

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn said Monday police on Oct. 2 received a report about the spray-painted threat, that reads “Ur dead!!” in large white letters.

“That investigation remains ongoing and we’re asking that anyone with information contact police,” Munn said. The file number is 2022-149900 and the number to call is 604-599-0502.

“I’m not able to confirm anything about the potential victim of the threat,” she said.

Meantime, on Sunday night KTRIS sent an email alerting media to the threat. “At this stage it is not clear who the perpetrators are, but KTRIS believes that due to the fact that KTRIS recently endorsed the Surrey Connect slate of Brenda Locke for the upcoming municipal election, that this was definitely targeted against us by one of the competing slate’s supporters. KTRIS will be monitoring the situation very closely and will not be intimidated at all into reviewing our stance regarding the RCMP and our endorsement of Surrey Connect,” the email reads, from Ivan Scott and the KTRIS team.

“How low can Canadians sink to? Evidently this low. I am bitterly disappointed - it is illegal, unethical, immoral, dishonest and threatening. Is this a hate crime? Is this a connived strategy? Etc.?” the email reads.

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