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Meeting Wednesday. Strathcona Elementary assault, police seek witnesses

Monday, February 3, 2014
Hello Friends and neighbours,
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Some disturbing news this weekend: police are seeking witnesses after a man assaulted two young girls at Strathcona Elementary playground on Sunday. Details can be found below. Please keep an eye out for the suspect, and as always, keep an eye out for our neighbourhood kids.

Reminder of the Residents' Association meeting this Wednesday, February 5, 7:15 at the Community Centre.

This will be one of the last two general SRA meetings before the DTES Local Area Plan goes to City Council, where it is expected to be ratified. We'll break down some of the content of the plan and the process, and specifically what's wrong or right with the plan and how Strathconans and the SRA can comment/respond to it. It can't be stressed enough how significant an impact this plan will have on the neighbourhood and area, on everything from affordability to livability, views, safety, community and more. Residents are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more.

We'll also be voting on the resolution regarding Canada Post's proposed end to door-to-door service

Some further deals of both agenda items can be found in our last newsletter

Police Seek Witnesses after two girls assaulted at Strathcona Elementary

Around 4:30 Sunday afternoon, two 11-year-old girls were playing at the park adjacent to Strathcona Elementary School when they were involved in an argument with a man over the ownership of the girl’s backpacks. The argument escalated to the point that both of the girls were allegedly assaulted by the man.

The girls ran home and told their parents, who then called police.

When police arrived at the park, the man could not be located.

Police are looking for an Cantonese-speaking Asian man in his 40s, with a heavy build. The man was wearing a red and brown plaid jacket with a hood and blue jeans.

Police believe that there were other people in the park at the time of the incident, that have not yet spoken to police.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or knows the identity of this man, is asked to call the Vancouver Police at (604) 717-3321 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.