REAL NEWS: In keeping with the Police’s promise to step up patrols and stop-and-search exercises to reduce criminal activity, officers went on mobile patrol duty in the city and its outskirts on Sunday, May 7.
A number of areas – including The Point, Villa, Fort James, St. Johnston Village, Sutherlands, Scotts Hill, Dove Cove, Clare Hall, Wireless Road, Cassada Gardens, and Ottos – saw the police conducting patrols.
Residential areas and government buildings were also patrolled, and several suspicious vehicles and persons were stopped and searched; but nothing of interest was found. Reportedly, the exercise commenced at about 11:30 p.m. and ended at approximately 2:30 a.m.
Two similar exercises were undertaken the day before, and in the same areas, but in the first instance no suspicious persons, vehicles or activities were seen.
However, during the second patrol duty, several people were stopped and searched, and a quantity of sharp implements was found and seized.
Reports say that, while in Villa, officers saw 19-year-old Diquan Harry of Villa and Virginia Simon, 21, of Bolans acting in a suspicious manner.
They were stopped and searched and a brown-handled meat cleaver was found in a white backpack belonging to Harry. He was then arrested on suspicion of carrying abroad an offensive weapon and Simon was arrested on suspicion of indecent language.
They were both taken to the St. John’s Police Station, along with the weapon, and were subsequently charged. Reportedly, Harry was taken before a magistrate and was convicted for the offence.
Meanwhile, at about midnight, officers were on Independence Drive, in the vicinity of the Antigua Recreation Ground, when they saw Kushmore David of Cashew Hill acting in a suspicious manner.
A search was conducted on his person, and two knives were found, resulting in him being arrested on suspicion of break-in and larceny, and taken to St. John’s Police Station, along with the weapons.
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Increased police patrols. This is much welcomed news!
The criminal fraternity had declared war on the innocent citizens of Antigua & Barbuda; and I’ll give credit where credit is due.
I was highly critical of our police commissioner in recent times by his lack of inaction. I humbly apologise.
Now all we need is 24 hour patrols to reign in the night-time criminality.
Keep up the good work sir👍
What apology, keep up what good work! Are you not aware that he is not on island? That says much.
It’s so hard when we as citizens know whose these criminals are and don’t turn them in because of friend and company, but yet want justice when it suits us. I tip my hat to the authorities. Search all a arwe. Lock up who need fu get lock up and charge who needs to be charged. It’s hard when people done work sooooo hard and they just terrorizing people for their money and belongings. To the folks who know who these perps are, turn them in jack. One day the shoe might be on the other foot and the story nah go baddah sweet.😐😐
This is still not helping. We appreciate but this is not stopping crimes at all. Y’all need to do mobile patrols in and around all villages. Send out a set of police to patrol each constituency. Ever so often you call police on a robbery in most cases they take forever to come by time they come the perpetrators already left. So they will never ketch anyone and on top of that y’all coming with y’all lights on and those lights can’t be missed y’all need to do better than that. Call y’all bout drugs y’all reach in a heart beat.
I have heard it all: a man was arrested “on suspicion of indecent language”! What kind of country are we living in? Somebody in law enforcement need to have their head examined, particularly when I have heard policemen using foul language in public, and no one charges them for actually doing so, never mind “on suspicion of indecent language.” Is there really such a charge, and how do you prove it in a court of law? Just asking.
Appreciating the fact the police making a little effort to deal with criminals but the police got to stop give the public the impression that simply having a machete,cleavers,and other sharp tools is illegal or a crime .Tell the public police have to prove the intent of the person carrying the tools to the court to convicted them of a crime. I make this comment as a person who do technical ,maintenance work and sometimes carry sharp tools to do my job and came under police harassment several times
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