- Man arrested for naked meditation in Guelph park
- Police say splash pad flashing suspect returned to the scene of the crime
A 35-year-old man was arrested
- Genitalia spotted at splash pad in latest indecent act
The suspect was wearing brown shoes. Possibly a v-neck
- Dog fails to sniff out Norm Jary Park masturbator
Maybe you’ve seen the suspect? He’s balding, wearing a white shirt and shorts
- Police look for man seen masturbating near York Road bridge
Police searched the area but could not locate the man
- Police called to Royal City Park to investigate indecent act
It was reported that a man approached a woman in the park and began speaking in a sexual manner while touching himself
- Police called to Riverside Park area to investigate indecent act
Police were not able to locate the suspect
- Police seek suspect following indecent act
Guelph Police were called to Herb Markle Park for a report of a male masturbating on a bench
- Police say Guelph man exposed himself, yelled profanities
He had been physically escorted off hospital property by a police officer after allegedly refusing to leave
- Police make masturbation arrest, separate incident reported
It is alleged that a female was walking on the trail when a male was observed walking behind her, masturbating
- Police called about man masturbating in a mall
He was found near the Sleeman Centre and arrested
- Naked fountain swimmer accused of exposing himself
And other indecent acts
- Guelph Police investigating another report of public masturbation
A woman reported that man was masturbating as he walked toward her. And he had a bike
- Police seek information regarding man found masturbating in public
Police were called to Ptarmigan Drive, searched the area but could not locate the suspect
- Police look for suspect accused of exposing himself
And a another Guelph man has been charged with an indecent act
- Man in green apron seen masturbating at plaza
The incident took place in a plaza on Silvercreek Parkway
- Police investigate silent masturbation case
The incident occurred on a trail on the south west side of the Speed River at Edinburgh Road
- Guelph Police warn of third public masturbator in less than a week, this time on a bicycle
Based on descriptions, police don’t believe the three incidents were done by the same person
- Police look to identify public masturbator
He was seen in the area of Bristol Street and Surrey Street
- Break, enter and masturbation
Guelph Police were called to an address on Conroy Crescent for a report of a break and enter
These are all items from Guelph police news releases, and all were published this summer. I’m not 100 percent positive that this is a complete list, but lord love a duck, there are certainly plenty of them as it is.
Obviously there were incidents here and there, but I can’t recall there being this sort of volume in such a short time during the years we lived there. What is happening? Did somebody slash the event budget? Are you aiming to change your slogan from Royal City to Oil City?
Update: The local CBC appears to have stolen my gimmick and begun compiling a list of its own. Theirs stretches back to March, so has a couple of items mine doesn’t.
Also, Mayor Guthrie is unimpressed.
“Guelph is known for our beautiful parks and green spaces — so people, whether they’re visiting our city or live here, they need to be able to enjoy them without any fear of this activity going on,” said Guthrie.
“Police are very aware of these incidents and are taking this very seriously,” said Guthrie. “Over the last couple of years, we’ve had some increased investments in enforcement — and I’m going to continue to support that.”
Guthrie adds mental health issues and drugs are most likely playing a part in this as well.
“Those can’t be full out excuses for what is happening, and for the younger people performing any ‘acts’ as a ‘prank’ . . . it’s not a prank, it’s disgusting. My message for them? Find a different hobby, or get a job.”
“As I said, there is also a part of this which is mental health issues – so we do need to have some further support from the provincial government for all municipalities. We need to make sure people are aware there are drug issues involved in this too – but these aren’t way of ‘explaining out’ the situation, or using it as an excuse.”
He adds as much as we need to be aware of these issues, we also need to acknowledge that Guelph is a great place to live.
“It is going to take our whole community coming together to not be fearful of this issue. Go out, enjoy our parks — but at the same time, be vigilant and call the authorities if you see anything out of place.”