Police issue more than $1,000 in fines to alleged cherry blossom tree climber
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The City of Toronto's BloomCam captured video of a man illegally climbing one of the cherry blossom trees in High Park. The park has been closed to visitors since last week to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (as many would congregate to view the cherry blossoms). Violatiors can receive a fine of $750-$5,000 . . . #highpark #highparktoronto #cherryblossoms #bloomcam
Police say that they have issued more than $1,000 in tickets to a man who snuck into a closed High Park and climbed a cherry blossom tree.
The City of Toronto closed High Park last week to discourage residents from checking out the cherry blossoms in large numbers but they did set up a 24-hour “BloomCam” so that people could still get a glimpse of the annual rite of spring.
Footage from that camera, which surfaced Monday morning, showed a man walking up to one of the trees with a bicycle under the cloak of darkness. He then climbs up the tree and appears to rest for a moment before coming down. At that point, he is seen dangling and swaying from one of the tree’s branches.
In a series of messages posted to Twitter on Thursday, police said that the “significant media” attention on the incident led to a suspect being identified to police.
They said that the suspected was located on Tuesday and was issued three provincial offence tickets totalling $1,150.