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Police arrest wanted suspect after memorial

Halifax Regional Police arrested a man outside Province House yesterdayfollowing a ceremony for Nova Scotian workers who died on the job.

Halifax Regional Police arrested a man outside Province House yesterday following a ceremony for Nova Scotian workers who died on the job.

Aaron Doncaster, 35, was arrested for a property damage offence on Feb. 24. Police allege Doncaster damaged a sprinkler at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside.

Doncaster was attending the Day of Mourning Ceremony at Province House, where politicians, union officials and workers gathered to commemorate the 32 workers who died on the job in Nova Scotia this past year.

After the ceremony, Doncaster was handcuffed by officers and placed in the back of a police wagon.

According to police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter, the arrest was unrelated to what was going on during the service. Palmeter said police had no previous knowledge that Doncaster would be attending.

“The arrest today had nothing to do with anything at Province House,” said Palmeter.

“It was just that the officers observed him and realized we had a file that we were looking to make an arrest (on). So they did.”

Palmeter said Doncaster was released later in the day on a promise to appear in court.

He will return to Halifax provincial court at a later date to face charges of breach of probation and mischief.

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