UPP says youth crime caused by lack of hope


United Progressive Party leader Harold Lovell has blamed a recent “spike” in crime, over the failure to provide the youth with hope, jobs and economic opportunities.

Lovell, a father of three, whose own father died when he was only five-years-old, made the remarks in Father’s Day message.

He said another major contributing factor to youth violence is “the absence of fathers and the breakdown of the family structure.”

Father’s Day was observed internationally on Sunday.

“If as fathers we do our part, take our responsibilities seriously and set good examples for our children, I believe it will make a significant difference in strengthening our society,” the UPP leader said.

He said in his message that real fatherhood requires love, commitment, and sacrifice, “it requires a willingness to share responsibility never walking away from our children no matter what.”

A day before Lovell’s message a violent confrontation landed an Antigua Grammar School student in a coma.

Last week, a Point man was charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his cousin to death.

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