**Updated** Rainbow crosswalk defaced in Woodstock

Police in Woodstock, N.B., are investigating after a rainbow-coloured crosswalk was defaced over the weekend.

Deputy police Chief Dan Goodwin says officers noticed white paint smeared across the crosswalk on Main Street around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Goodwin told our newsroom Monday morning that the incident happened quickly, noting that officers on patrol in the area 15 minutes earlier didn't notice anything.

He said investigators scoured the area for suspects or witnesses, but could not find any.

Goodwin said the investigation is ongoing and officers are following up on a couple of leads.

Police are currently treating the matter as a case of mischief, but Goodwin said the investigation will reveal if there were "any other reasons for the crime."

Woodstock CAO Ken Harding told our newsroom Monday morning that the rainbow crosswalk, which was painted about two weeks ago, is being repainted by public works crews.

Rainbow-coloured crosswalks are often used a symbol for the LGBTQ community, and have been painted on crosswalks in communities across Canada.

Harding said the town installed the crosswalk to show that they are open and inclusive to everyone, adding that there had been no requests from organizations to put the crosswalks in place.

The town is offering a $1,000 reward through Crime Stoppers for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodstock Police Force at (506) 325-4601 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).