Drummond Park Salt Spring Island
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RCMP on Salt Spring Island have closed off access to a park after a suspicious device was found in the area.

Police were contacted Wednesday by a concerned citizen about a cylindrical-shaped device left in Drummond Park.

Frontline members arrived on scene but were unable to determine the nature of the device. The Salt Spring RCMP have contacted the BC RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) for their expertise.

After consultation with EDU and a review of photos of the item, the RCMP determined that the area should be made safe by removing anyone nearby.

As of 2 p.m., police are awaiting the arrival of EDU members on Salt Spring Island to examine the device and, if necessary, to make it safe.

Local residents are advised to avoid the area while police await the arrival of the EDU team.

Anyone with information on the item is asked to contact the RCMP by phone at (250) 537-5555 or by email at saltspring@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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