Gay newspaper boxes bashed

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Someone attacked 14 downtown newspaper boxes belonging to the Vancouver gay publication Xtra between Dec. 25 and 29.

The boxes’ front windows were dismantled and the papers were stolen.

“The energy that’s required, the persistence to rip out a part that is very deliberately anchored in, suggests that this person has some significant issues,” said newspaper spokesman Gareth Kirkby. “Somebody walking the streets out there has a real hate-on for the gay and lesbian community. … We need to get this person help as fast as possible.”

Police said the incidents appeared to be “targeted” on the gay community. Kirkby estimated the damage at $3,000.

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