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A smattering of graffiti appeared overnight at a gravesite at Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria.

Photos shared on social media show the desecration of the tomb of Sir James Douglas at Ross Bay Cemetery, the site of burial for many prominent figures in Vancouver Island and B.C. history.

The act of vandalism appeared on three sides of the tomb as well as on a nearby tree.

Victoria Police says the incident occurred sometime between Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.

“No officer was dispatched as there was no suspect information/cctv footage to obtain,” said Cst. Cameron McIntyre.

The graffiti was brought to the attention of city staff on Thursday morning and by afternoon, crews had cleaned off all signs of vandalism.

According to City of Victoria spokesperson Ryan Shotton, the act did not appear to be targeted. He also stated that such cases of vandalism at Ross Bay Cemetery are not a frequent occurrence.

Sir James Douglas was a fur trader who became the first Governor of the Colony of British Columbia in 1858, and was the Governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island between 1851-64.