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An iron barricade erected at the
entrance of Hell Yard at Beetham Gardens
has been removed after police intervened
and spoke to the gang leader who con-
The barricade, which blocked access
into Hell Yard, one of the most depressed
areas in Beetham Gardens, was manned
by people who only allowed residents into
The matter was highlighted in the T&T
Guardian on September 21 after complaints
were made by residents and police offices
patrolling along the Priority Bus Route.
Officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force
were deployed to deal with the matter and
they were able to reason with gang leader
and an agreement was made for him to
remove the barrier without any criminal
charges being filed against him, sources
said. T&T Guardian understands that the
barricade was removed sometime over the
Senior police officers said if the situation
remained unchecked it could turn into
what obtained in neighbouring Jamaica
where gang leaders have taken control of
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, Senior Superintendent of the Port-
of-Spain Division, McDonald Jacob, con-
firmed the officers found out who was the
person responsible and said they met with
him on it.
Asked if any charges would be laid, Jacob
When the T&T Guardian visited the
area yesterday there was no barricade and
vehicles were allowed to pass freely.
One resident, who asked not to be iden-
tified, said some residents in the area were
not pleased about the T&T Guardian s
"make out scene."
"The paper put we up. We just safe-
guarding we self and boom an article on
the papers and then we have to move the
barricade that protecting us," the resident
Residing beyond the barricade is said
to be one of Beetham s most influential
gang leaders and who, residents said, was
responsible for erecting the barricade.
The gang leader, holds a senior position
in the Rasta City Gang and controls turf
in Beetham Gardens and Port-of-Spain.
In the previous article, councillor at the
San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation,
Franz "Delamo" Lambkin, said checks
revealed that the erection of the barrier
was not approved by the corporation or
the Town and Country Division.
The latest lab report on samples of dead fish
recovered from the Gulf of Paria show there was
"significant contamination" from a variety of per-
sistent organic pollutants (POPS) in the sea.
The findings were announced by secretary of Fish-
ermen and the Friends from the Sea (FFOS) Gary
Aboud yesterday. The September 22 report was done
by the University of T&T (UTT) and endorsed by Prof
Valeria Stoute and Dr Natasha Ramroop Singh.
It stated that while it was clear those pollutants
have worked their way into the fish in the area, it
could not conclude contamination was the source of
the recent fish kill in the southwestern beaches.
However, they said the pollutants were present in
larger amounts than they should be since ideally their
levels should be zero.
"Even if they are not the source of fish death, their
presence in the marine eco-system will eventually
lead to higher and higher levels in fish and, when
consumed by people, to high levels in humans, thereby
posing a significant threat to human health," the report
At a news conference yesterday in Belmont, Aboud
called on the Government to close off the beaches
in the Gulf of Paria immediately which he believed
could expose and cause significant health risk to
beachgoers and visitors.
He said the Ministry of Agriculture desisted from
exporting fish, while crabs, oysters and shrimp which
were harvested from contaminated areas in La Brea
could not be sold.
"We understand the plight of the fisherfolk and
continue to represent them but attacking the messenger
will not change the matter," he added.
Following a widespread oil spill in 2013, Aboud said
a wide variety of marine life continued to wash ashore
dead or dying on the beaches of La Brea and the Gulf
of Paria after corexit was used to remove the oil.
New lab report shows
poison in dead fish
Beetham barrier removed
Police negotiate with gang leader
This photo shows that there is no longer a barrier blocking the entrance into Hell Yard, Beetham,
one week after the T&T Guardian published a story questioning its legality. Inset is the barrier
before it was removed. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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