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Tow truck set ablaze in Aurora, the latest in ongoing violence in GTA towing industry


York Regional Police are looking for witnesses after a tow truck was set ablaze in an Aurora driveway in the latest act of criminal behaviour involving the towing industry in Southern Ontario.


The blaze broke out shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday in a tow truck parked at a home on McLeod Drive, near Bathurst Street and Wellington Street West.


An empty gas container lay nearby, police said.


The industry has been hit by a wave of arson, and the murder of a GTA driver last year remains unsolved.


Mark Graves, president of the Provincial Towing Association, said he hopes that improving licensing will help stem the violence.


“The provincial towing association is working with the government to try to implement a provincial licensing system to try to alleviate this,” Graves said on Tuesday in an interview.


“We’ve been working on it now with them for about eight months,” Graves said. “We believe it’s going to help.”


That said, he doesn’t see a quick fix for the violence.



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