Thursday 22 August, 2019

CDA: Patrols increased following Boardwalk killings

The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) is assuring that security measures have been put into place after three people were gunned down at the Boardwalk on Sunday.

According to police reports, Fabien Williams, Kadel Osbourne and Andrew Francis were shot dead when gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at a group of family and friends who were liming along the Boardwalk in Chaguaramas around 7 pm on Sunday.

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Three others, including eight-year-old Jakeem Moses were injured.

In a statement, the CDA said there will be increased police patrols in the area.

“The Authority would also like to assure the public that there will be increased police patrols in the area from the CDA Estate Police and the TTPS, as safety is of paramount importance. The CDA has been partnering and will continue to partner with the TTPS and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force to conduct patrols on the Peninsula,” the CDA assured.

The Chaguaramas Development Authority also confirmed that at the time of the incident there were patrols by the CDA Estate Police in the area.

It added it is supporting the Police Service has it conduct its investigations.

“The Chaguaramas Development Authority is giving the TTPS its full support in the investigation as we could like to ensure that perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice. The CDA also extended condolences to the family and friends of those affected.

According to a report in the Trinidad Guardian, officers of the CDA reportedly started stop and search exercises on almost every vehicle entering the western peninsula on Tuesday.

CDA officers reportedly said the roadblocks along the Western Main Road were not usual but noted that activity has been heightened since the attack.

Sunday’s attack sparked outrage throughout the country, with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley describing the incident as an ‘act of terrorism.’

He lamented that no one has been held accountable to date and called on communities and citizens to come forward with any information they may have.

Carenage residents also expressed outrage, with one resident criticising the police for not giving the same level of attention to that incident as they did to the recovery of a stolen phone belonging to the son of Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

 

 

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