Kamloops realtor purchases problem North Shore property

By Greg Fry
September 10, 2018 - 2:23pm Updated: September 11, 2018 - 5:29pm

KAMLOOPS — There is relief for residents of Royal Avenue.

In an email to CFJC Today, local realtor Brendan Shaw has confirmed his purchase of a notorious property in the 400-block of Royal Avenue used previously for illegal activity.

In the email Shaw noted the following:

  • I purchased the property Aug. 31
  • Previous tenants have moved out, house is boarded up
  • Application for demolition permit has been submitted to the city

The home in question, 414 Royal Ave., was the subject of a stabbing Aug. 21 and a standoff Aug. 22 between someone inside the home and the Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT).

Neighbours described the home as a drug house, and Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says it has been a source of problems for the neighbourhood — and attention from the RCMP — for more than a year.

The 27 year old victim of the stabbing suffered serious stab wounds but survived.

One of the suspects in the stabbing, Jeremy David Bellows, remains at large.

Though Shaw declined an interview, he suggested in a tweet the home "won't be a nightmare much longer."

Sarah Johnstone, spokesperson for the MacDonald Park Neighbourhood Association, is quite pleased with this latest development.

"This overall seems like it's a great step forward to really continuing to revitalize our neighbourhood," she said. "The North Shore has a lot to offer, our neighbourhood has a lot to offer and we often get a bad rap when we have people, like the tenants in this home, committing crimes and things like that. So, I'm happy overall."

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