Friday 18 January, 2019

After tourist attacked at QPS, more police patrols needed, MP says

Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial is urging National Security Minister Stuart Young and Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to increase police patrols around the capital city following the robbery of a cruise ship tourist visiting from the United Kingdom.

Sally Wilson, 72, and her 74-year-old husband were sitting on a bench at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Thursday when they were approached by a man who was armed with a knife.

The assailant cut the strap of the elderly woman's handbag - slashing her arm in the process - and ran off.

The woman was taken to hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery. 

Ramdial called for strategic police posts to be established at all popular tourist sites, noting that there is usually a spike in robberies around the Carnival season, with tourists being the most vulnerable.

Below is the MP's full statement: 

Couva North Member of Parliament, Ramona Ramdial is calling on National Security Minister, Stuart Young and Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith to immediately increase Mobile Police Patrols throughout the capital city of Port of Spain.

The MP is also calling for strategic police posts to be established at all popular tourist sites.

This call comes in the wake of two elderly cruise ship tourists who were viciously attacked and robbed by knife wielding bandits while site seeing at the Queen Park Savannah. The female tourist who was injured was warded at the Port of Spain General Hospital for two days so the cruise ship had to leave the port without the couple.

The MP also notes that as we approach the Carnival season there is usually a spike in robberies with tourists being most vulnerable. The City of Port of Spain will become very crowded during the Carnival season and so crime prevention strategies should be implemented early.

The Minister of National Security should also be cognizant of the international advisories which can negatively impact upon tourist arrivals if these crimes against tourists are allowed to continue.

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