From the Port Hope Police Blotter


Man charged with assault

A 54 year old Port Hope man is charged with assault after Port Hope Police received a complaint on the 1st of November 2017.  The complainant reported the incident which is alleged to have occurred during a consensual intimate interaction.  The man is accused in using physical force that was over and above what the complainant consented to.  Police commenced an investigation and on the 21st of November the man was arrested and charged with assault.  He appears in court early December 2017.  No names will be released in order to protect the identification of the victim.

Fraud via bit coins and Kijiji

Port Hope Police is investigating a fraud in which a couple were scammed buying a vehicle on Kijiji. On the 1st of November the couple located a F150 on line which was supposedly in Quebec. An agreement took place to purchase the vehicle using “Bit Coins” which is legal digital currency. The couple went to a local bit coin ATM and deposited #3000.00. The fraudster then asked for some more money to handle taxes and the couple complied using the same currency format.  The vehicle never arrived and when the couple made inquiries the ad was taken down without any trace.

Port Hope Police continue to warn people to be wary of such scams when purchasing items online. Kijij is a reputable buy and sell site but it is easy for fraudsters/scammers to utilize the site for unlawful means.   

Domestic dispute result in charges.

Port Hope Police have charged a 35 year old man with assault after Police were dispatched to a disturbance in the Municipality’s east end. On the 20th of November Police commenced and investigation into the incident.  The disturbance was between the man and a woman he was cohabitating with.   The man was taken into custody at the scene and is charged with three counts of assault and one count of mischief all which it is alleged to have occurred over the last four months.

Man injured at a workplace.

On the 22nd of November shortly before 9:00pm Port Hope Police responded to Esco Ltd regarding an industrial accident.  It was reported that a man was utilizing an acetylene torch to cut metal when some of the metal pieces “blew back” setting his clothing on fire.  The man was wearing appropriate safety equipment including a heavy fire coat.  Other workers assisted the man in extinguishing fire. He was treated for burns which were not considered to be life threatening.  The ministry of labour is continuing the investigation.  

Snow Routes come into effect December 1st

Port Hope Police are advising residents of Port hope that snow routes come in to effect December 1st 2017 and are in effect until March 15th 2018.  The bylaw prohibits parking from 2:00am-7:00am in designated snow route areas. Designated snow routes are appropriately signed. The fine for parking during the above times is $20.00.  For a list of urban streets designated snow routes see the attachment added to this release.