Thank you to those who contacted Shelburne Police with information on this matter. We were able to quickly identify the three youth and they all had medical assessments done.
Damage is estimated in the thousands of dollars. The youth responsible can not be charged because they are under 12 years old.
Parent: Please talk with your children about the dangers of going on any property or building they have no right to go to. There are potential legal and criminal ramifications too.
…..original press release:
Just before 6 pm this evening (Thursday June 8th) a town works employee noted three youth exiting a town works storage building that is infrequently used at the west end of town. It was noted that many items were disturbed inside, including used oil was spilled, glass broken, and holes were made in the walls. Shelburne Police were notified and initiated an investigation.
Shelburne Police are concerned for the health of the three youth as it was learned that a sealed portion of the building contained Asbestos. Asbestos poses a significant health concern when it is disturbed. The asbestos in the building appears to have been directly disturbed by these three youth.
The room with the Asbestos was sealed off; however it appears the youth forced their way into the room.
If anyone has any information on who the youth may be, they are encouraged to call the Shelburne Police immediately at 519-925-3312, and encourage these youth and their parents to seek immediate medical attention by attending the Emergency room immediately. The youth may have oil on their shoes or clothes.
According to a Government of Canada breathing in asbestos fibres can cause cancer and other diseases, such as:
- a scarring of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe
- a rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity
- lung cancer