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Police seek man suspected of following children in Valleycliffe

Sylvie Paillard Police are on the lookout for a suspicious man accused of approaching four young girls in Valleycliffe.

Sylvie Paillard

Police are on the lookout for a suspicious man accused of approaching four young girls in Valleycliffe.

On (Saturday) June 17, four eight- and nine-year-old girls riding bikes through a trail system behind Westway Apartments complex were approached by a man they say was very skinny, between 50 and 70 years old, with long grey hair and a short goatee.

The girls had been bogged down in the muddy trail and after turning around, one girl was separated from the group. The man followed the lone girl and asked for her phone number before she got away.

RCMP are asking parents who hear of such incidents to help a police investigation by phoning 911 immediately.

Anyone with information on the man is asked to call Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.

Van crashes into rock face

A 43-year-old man was seriously injured following a single vehicle accident on Highway 99 on Sunday (June 16). The lone occupant of the 2002 Ford cube van lost control of the vehicle while driving in heavy rain at approximately 9:30 a.m. The van then skidded off the road and struck a rock face north of the Culliton Creek bridge, otherwise known as the big, orange bridge.

The man was pinned in the van and paramedics were attempting to stabilize him when flames erupted from the engine. Fire Rescue crews quickly extinguished the fire and used the jaws-of-life to extract the man who was transported to Squamish General Hospital.

Big bear stolen

RCMP is asking for help in locating an eight-foot-tall Alabaster Polar Bear carving, which disappeared from the Britannia Beach Trading Post sometime in the last two weeks. The carving weighs 30 pounds and carries the artist's signature on the bottom of one of the bear's paws. It is valued at approximately $1,400.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Squamish RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Overloaded elevator stalls

Firefighters were called to rescue 13 people stuck in an elevator in the Spectacle condominium development on Tantalus Way at 5 p.m. Saturday (June 17). The overloaded elevator stopped between floors leaving passengers stuck for over 30 minutes. Firefighters pried open elevator doors above the car, removed an emergency hatch and lowered a ladder to allow passengers to climb out.

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