KAWARTHA LAKES-A letter, claiming to be from the Islamic Revolutionary Force, sent to some media outlets, threatens to “destroy your beaches from Toronto to North Bay.”
“We do this because you reject Islam and follow the Great Satan. Infidels you allow your women to disgracefully, shamelessly parade around your beaches all but naked!” The letter states in part.
On May 11, 2018 Huntsville OPP were made aware of a suspicious letter that took credit for contaminating beaches in the Muskoka area and threatened other small town beaches and their tourism industry. “We have started with the Muskoka’s and other tourist destinations. Your Northern towns are extremely easy targets, unlike cities.”
In late April, the Towns of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst received reports of some hazardous materials being found at several area beaches.
In response to the materials being found, both municipalities temporarily closed the beach areas and initiated a clean-up of the hazardous materials found at beach locations within the municipalities.
Huntsville OPP along with the assistance of the Huntsville Crime Unit are investigating the origin of the letter. Huntsville OPP says they will utilize all required resources to determine the validity of the claims that were made.
The letter also stated “Yes we cannot pull off anything like 9-11. But we can destroy your tourist industry, hurt your people, de-rail your trains, poison your water supply, start devastating forest fires….”
Police say further information will be provided only as the investigation continues and the OPP will work closely with any community should any claim be identified that has the potential to compromise the safety of the public.
OPP are reminding the public to always be aware of personal safety and to be aware of any hazards while enjoying beaches and other public areas. If anyone should see anything suspicious in nature leave it in the spot that it was located and contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 705 789 5551or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on the crime or an y other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward up to $2000.00