Appeal for Witnesses in Suspicious Fire Investigation

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are appealing for the public’s help following a suspicious fire in Bradford.
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, around 3:00 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to a home in the Barrie Street and Fletcher Street area for a vehicle on fire. Police arrived and located a black Mercedes Benz on fire in the driveway. The Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire and Emergency Services extinguished the blaze and deemed the fire to be suspicious. There were no injuries. South Simcoe Police Service investigators are appealing to anyone with information regarding this incident to call police or Crime Stoppers.

South Simcoe Police Service would like to remind citizens to be a good neighbour and report any suspicious activity. By working together, we can keep our communities safe.


Motorcycle/SUV Collision 

(Innisfil, ON) A 22-year-old Barrie man was taken to hospital following a collision involving a motorcycle and an SUV in Innisfil. 

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, around 5:00 p.m., a Honda street bike travelling southbound on 5th Sideroad collided with an SUV that was in the process of turning left onto 6th Line. The 22-year-old Barrie man riding the motorcycle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.  

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and SSPS wants to remind riders and motorists to be alert, share the road and be safe. We know riders are eager to hit the road but you need to ensure your bike is road ready. Riders and motorists must work together to ensure everyone arrives home safely.  

  • Always wear an approved helmet. It’s the law. Riders should also wear jackets with the appropriate padding, gloves, pants and boots for better protection in case of a fall or collision 
  • Do a thorough check of your bike in the spring. Check the tires, brakes, head and taillights and oil and fuel levels 
  • Approach intersections with caution. Motorcycles can be hard to see so proceed with caution, even if you have the right-of-way 
  • Most motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding. Obey posted speed limits and adjust your speed according to road conditions 
  • Make sure your motorcycle is the right fit for you. Bikes are more powerful and faster than ever so make sure to get one that you can handle 
  • Avoid riding in bad weather. Driving conditions can change quickly and create hazardous roadways. If you have to drive in bad weather, slow down and take your time 

Mother’s Day Shopping Trip Sparks Missing Child Search 

(Bradford, ON) An eight-year-old Bradford boy sparked a missing person search after he took a secret trip to the store to shop for a Mother’s Day gift. 

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, just after 12:00 p.m., a Bradford woman contacted South Simcoe Police Service to report her young son missing. Police started a missing child investigation and began searching for the boy. The child was subsequently located in good health inside Walmart on Holland Street West. He stated that he walked to the store to buy a present for his mother for Mother’s Day. The child was advised to communicate with an adult relative prior to leaving his home. 

This is a good reminder for parents to talk to their children about street proofing. With children being out of school and staying home, it’s important to revisit personal safety tips. Details on our website  

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 47 calls for service.