Woodstock Police have received more reports of thumb tacks and sewing needles at Southside Park and on a local school yard this week and are seeking the public’s assistance for information related to these incidents. In taking every effort to ensure the safety of the children in the community, any and all information related to the incident is greatly appreciated and can be reported to the Woodstock Police Service at 519-537-2323 or Oxford Crime Stoppers at 519-421-TIPS (8477).


At approximately 7:00 AM on Monday September 14th, 2020 Woodstock Police responded to a call from the City of Woodstock Parks Department after staff located more thumb tacks and sewing needles in the mulch and sandbox at Southside Park.


While City Park’s staff cleaned up the area, a suspicious unknown male was in the area of the cadet building.


The male was described as:

  • Dark clothes, hoodie
  • Black back pack
  • Smoking
  • Long shaggy brown hair slicked back
  • Unshaven


At approximately 12:30 PM, it was reported to police that thumb tacks were located around the school yard and playground at the elementary school on Hunter Street.


At approximately 4:30 PM, Parks staff located approximately 10 more sewing needles under one of the spider web climber.


Woodstock Police are encouraging parents to do a thorough inspection of the area prior to allowing their children to play on the playground spaces. If you locate any sharp objects in the play areas please contact the Woodstock Police Service. Police, parks and school staff are regularly monitoring, inspecting and cleaning up these locations to ensure the safety of the children using the areas.


The Woodstock Police Service would like to encourage anyone having information about this investigation to contact the Woodstock Police Service at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).



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