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Toronto basketball court damaged during police pursuit

07/18/2013 09:49 EDT | Updated 09/17/2013 05:12 EDT
Toronto police say they are taking steps to ensure a basketball court is repaired after it was damaged during the pursuit of a suspect two nights ago.

A cruiser followed a suspect on a bicycle onto an outdoor basketball court, near Front and Princess streets, on Tuesday night, which resulted in some of the tiles being pulled from the ground.

Const. Tony Vella told CBC News that the officers ended up arresting one person on a drug-related offence.

As for what happened on the basketball court, Vella said police are doing their best to resolve the issue.

Brandy Skinner, a 31-year-old mother who has lived in the neighbourhood for 15 years, said the court is a resource that is used by people of all ages.

She is hoping that it can be repaired quickly.

"It's a really beautiful place that a lot of people spend a lot of time enjoying the facility," Skinner told CBC News in an interview on Thursday.

"And it doesn't look the way it was prior to this situation and I hope it can get corrected and that it doesn't happen again."

Repairs are expected to start on Friday morning. Community members and officers are expected to attend, along with members of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

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